Residents Asking For Time To Sell Their Property Without Repairing Garage

August 1, 2008

The residents at 4144 Coleridge are asking the Building and Standards Commission to give them an extension on a requirement to demolish or repair the garage on their property within 30 days. The owners are selling the property, and say repairing or demolishing the garage would present an economic hardship, as the house and garage will be demolished following the sale.

Owners Judith and Larry McDowell received a non-official notice from Code Enforcement Officer Daniel Paripovich on May 1, indicating that there had been a complaint regarding a tarp covering the top of the garage and numerous cats spreading to adjoining properties. An official notice was sent June 11, with the code violation stated as “accessory structure in state of disrepair.” The notice gave the McDowell’s 10 days to apply for permits for repairs and improvements and 30 days to complete repairs and improvements.

In a letter to Paripovich dated June 18, attorneys for the McDowells stated that the couple anticipated the sale of the property to occur with four to six months, and the purchaser will demolish all structures on the property. The attorney requested that the city postpone action for six months, including postponing any fines for non-compliance. The city has the right to impose a fine up to $1,000 per day if the structure is not demolished or repaired within the 30-day time frame.

The BSC will hold a public hearing on the matter to determine if the McDowells can appeal the 30-day requirement and receive an extension until Dec. 31. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in the conference room at the Municipal Building, 3800 University Blvd.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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