Nebraska city councilman’s dilapidated car wash demolished
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska city councilman’s dilapidated car wash has been demolished after a six-month battle with his council colleagues.
Pat Shannon’s car wash in Bellevue was torn down Monday, the Omaha World-Herald reported . The 28-by-78-foot building had four bays and was built in 1970, according to county records.
The city received numerous complaints about the property from area residents, and the City Council declared the unused property a nuisance and proposed razing the structure over the summer.
A property can be declared a nuisance if the structure is unsafe and the owner doesn’t repair it or if the building’s value has dropped by half, according to city code.
The Sarpy County Assessor’s Office valued the property at almost $13,000 in 2016. Shannon bought the property for $50,000 in 2015.
Shannon attempted to fight the city’s action in court but was unsuccessful.
The council accepted a more than $15,000 bid to demolish the structure in December. Shannon will be billed for the demolition cost.
The demolition was “a sad day for property owners in Bellevue,” Shannon said. “This was done for no other reason than harassment and tortious interference in the business interests of a Bellevue businessman.”
Shannon was elected to his at-large seat on the council in 2016 and represents all of Bellevue.
The car wash was one of three buildings demolished in the past year, said Joe Mangiamelli, Bellevue city administrator. The other two structures were private homes.
Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com