Council asked to demolish 2 hazardous buildings

Published 10:38 am Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Austin City Council passed a request Monday from the planning and zoning commission to demolish two hazardous buildings.

The buildings in question are at 1205 Fourth Street NW and 1916 Third Avenue NE.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Holly Wallace provided a list of eight total buildings that were scheduled for demolition or repair, three of which have already been demolished in May.

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“Some feedback from at least one neighbor, [he or she] was very happy to see that building go away,” Wallace said.

She added they were still waiting on a few other properties to see which direction it was going to go, such as one with fire damage and another one with a demolished garage. The house next to the garage was sold in an IRS forfeiture and the owner cannot touch it until a redemption period expires and they receive the title. A property owner at one of the houses is working with the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin to rectify the situation with one of the eight homes remaining.

The cost of the demolitions is unknown. The property value at 1205 Fourth St. NW was less than the cost of bringing the building into code, Wallace said.

Wallace asked if funds could be used from the contingency fund to demolish buildings at 1205 Fourth Street NW and 1916 Third Avenue NE. The council passed it forward to their next regular meeting on June 20.