Vacant city property to be sold

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

The Henderson City Council agreed to transfer an abandoned property on Main Street to Vance County at its monthly meeting Monday night.

Code compliance director Corey Williams said the city received an offer to purchase 306 Main St. for $750.

The transfer was approved with the understanding that the proceeds will be shared between the city and county.

“There has been some desire to purchase this property, and hopefully, rehab it and bring it back on the tax books,” he said.

The property assessed tax value for 306 Main St., Henderson, is $17,180. Prior to tax foreclosure, the unpaid taxes totaled $2,326.09.

The council voted to approve the sale 6-1, with Councilman Gary Daeke dissenting.

Daeke said he was concerned the property would be rented out and not meet minimum housing standards.

“Could there be very little done and have it rented out in very poor condition?” he said. “I don’t want to be a part of letting this go for that kind of use.”

Williams said the property would have to meet minimum housing standards, and inspection work would be done since the property had been vacant for so long.

“I don’t know how much structural damage there is, but there is some on the backside of the porch, which definitely would need to be inspected prior to someone occupying it,” he said.

Councilman Mike Inscoe said the property is required to go through a process to meet minimum housing standards

“If the property has been vacant for 12 months it has to go through code enforcement or an electrical inspection,” he said. “At that time, the inspection office will require the property be brought up to the current code.”

In other business, the council voted to:

• Resubmit an application for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for a Community Development Block Grant Infrastructure Project. The project would replace an old pump station at Newton Dairy Road, and the extension at Birch and Bobbitt streets would supply sewer lines to about 30 homes currently using failing septic systems.

• Designate the Henderson Police Department Training Center open shelter area as the Lt. Irvin Wheeler Robinson Jr. Recreation Shelter. Robinson served the Henderson Police Department for 35 years and retired earlier this month.

• Pass a resolution of appreciation in honor of Robinson.

 

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