Opinion

Washington residents call for house to be condemned

Union photo by Gretchen Teske

The home at 415 North Main Street in Washington is causing a stir among neighbors who feel the property should be condemned and torn down, not up for sale and able to be rented out.
Union photo by Gretchen Teske The home at 415 North Main Street in Washington is causing a stir among neighbors who feel the property should be condemned and torn down, not up for sale and able to be rented out.

WASHINGTON — A house on West Main Street in Washington is causing a stir among neighbors who feel the property is not inhabitable and have signed a petition to condemn the house.

At the regular meeting of the Washington City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 4, council member Danielle Pettit-Majewski said she was aware a group of people started a petition about the home located at 415 North Main Street, in Washington. Pettit-Majewski said she lives near the home and did not sign the petition, but agreed with their cause, saying she felt it was uninhabitable. According to the petition, signed by 13 residents of the West Main neighborhood, the home is no longer habitable nor able to be rehabilitated.

“If it were sold and rented as is, we are all too familiar with the problems that come along with renting a property in this condition. As a neighborhood, we have literally witnessed drugs being sold out of this house for literally a year before the SWAT team showing up in the yard. We are FED UP!” the petition reads.

The petition continues by saying some residents on the street are landlords and have to pass an inspection before they can have their properties rented out. They feel there is no way the home could be considered safe or pass inspection and for that reason are asking for the property to be condemned.

“This property is directly across from the school administration building. This home should not be in the vicinity of our main school system headquarters. It is bringing our property values down. It is unfair to us as taxpayers for this to continue,” the petition reads.

Currently the property is listed for sale by Elliot Realty in Washington. Because the item was not on the agenda, the council therefor took no action at their meeting Tuesday.