Lead to tear down condemned house

November 22, 2018

LEAD — The crumbling and condemned building located at 602 W. Main St. in Lead, which has been a thorn in the side of many in Lead will be torn down and the lot will be converted into a gravel parking area.

The property, which had been abandoned by its owner, Nicholas Hoffman-Yeager, had been condemned and declared a public safety hazard due to squalid conditions left behind by Hoffman-Yeager and at least one squatter. When Hoffman-Yeager failed to appear before the city commission to declare his plans for the property, the city took it upon themselves to hire a professional cleaning crew to mitigate the threat to public safety. The property was then forfeited to the city as remuneration for the cost of the clean up through quick-claim proceedings.

At the Monday commission meeting, city official discussed a number of options for the property including selling the property, demolishing the building, which has been declared unlivable, building a parking area on the lot, or turning the lot into a green space for the city.

“I have talked to the neighbors around there and they just want it gone,” Lead City Building Official Dennis Schumacher added. “Its kind of a safety factor deal in that if we do have a problem there, it won’t take long (for it to become) a bigger problem.”

Schumacher suggested a better understanding of the space the city would have to work with might be better gained if the structure on the lot were torn down.

“Right now it’s kind of hard to envision with that building there,” he said. “Once we get it out of there and see what we’ve got, then it’d be easier to see what we could do with it.”

Commissioner Colin Greenfield posed the question of taking on the additional cost of demolishing the building.

“We understand it (the building) probably needs to go away,” he said. “If we demoed that and then auctioned it off, are we out the cost of the demo?”

City Administrator Mike Stahl said that if the city paid to demolish the building and at a later date decided to auction off the lot, the cost of the demolition along with the previous cost to clean the building up could be set as a minimum for the auction.

“If nobody puts a bid in, or it’s unacceptable, then we go along with plan B, which is maybe parking or an open space.”

A motion was made by Commissioner David Vardiman to “Raze the structure on 602 Main St. and temporarily turn it into a gravel parking lot for further consideration of its use,” the motion was unanimously approved.

Bids for the demolition have already been gathered; however, Mayor Ron Everett said that in order to keep costs down, the city would be looking into having city employees complete as much of the work as possible.

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