Council Approves Demolition of Third Condemned House in Falls City

FALLS CITY  – The Falls City council approved the demolition of a nuisance house on Monday.

The house that stands on 1813 McLean St. is now on a list of three Falls City houses that are set for demolition.

City Clerk Gary Jorn told the council that the other two properties on 2021 McLean St. and 923 Fulton St. will be demolished in the near future.

Around $19,000 is currently set aside for the nuisance abatements, Jorn hopes that money will cover all three of the unsafe structures set for demolition.

Joshua Darden, the owner of the property on the 1800 block of McLean street, was given notice on February 1st, 2017 that his property was considered a nuisance and he did not respond in 45 days.

During each removal, the city will have to carefully remove any lead paint and asbestos in each house, as well as fill dirt in the hole where the structure formerly stood.

Once a house is taken down, the city will then put a lien on the property for the amount of the demolition. If the lien is not paid for three years, the county can put the delinquent property up for auction.

The council passed the nuisance abatement on a 6-0 vote, with Mike Dougherty and Kirby Robidoux not present.

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