Owner's pact up for review

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 02:07 PM

Henderson leaders will take a third look Monday at demolition orders for four homes that an owner had wanted a reprieve on so alternatives could be tried to save the homes.

The Henderson City Council, meeting at 6 p.m. in City Hall, will also mull details of how to expand the David Street Park, a plan that includes unrelated demolitions of blighted homes in that area near Main Street.

On the block to be added to the list for demolitions are 301, 309 and 315 Charles St., and 318 Rowland Ave., owned by Luis Medina, who lives out of state.

City Manager Ray Griffin said on Friday there have been two extensions granted on the pending order for demolition. Williams will speak on developments during a work session following regular council business.

“The properties are still dilapidated and recommended for demolition,” Griffin said. “Corey will present his report,” on Monday.

The report will include work done during the two 90-day extension periods: Medina applied minimal securing of the buildings and demolished several accessory structures. Debris remains on the property, however, and Medina has not returned a signed agreement on a third extension.

The recommendation as of Friday is for orders of demolition to be approved this time.

The Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department requested, and city staff recommends, expanding the David Street Park by adding five lots on the other side of the block from David Street, that front Lamb Street to the corner with Main Street.

The council will take time during a work session following regular business to consider the details. Griffin said that city leaders have discussed the idea before as a good option for refurbishing the blighted area.

“We with the city have seen it as a good idea, and now the rec commission has recommended it,” Griffin said. “It really is a win-win for the park and the neighborhood area.”

It was community development block grant funding that in 2007 built the David Street Park out of three lots cleared of blighted homes.

The lots on Lamb Street are jointly owned by the city and Vance County, and are presently listed as “for sale.”

The recreation commission members on March 14 unanimously voted for asking that the city council and county commission agree to remove the five Lamb Street properties from the for sale list and add them to the park.

The added lots would be used for green space at first, then as future play space pending available funding for development.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.