Three houses on one Elkhart street among 10 scrutinized over conditions

Hearing officer reviewed 10 cases referred from building commissioner Wednesday.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.

ELKHART — Three houses on South Second Street in Elkhart were scrutinized Wednesday, July 23, for not being in compliance with the city’s building codes.

Hearing officer Lee Berry on Wednesday reviewed 10 cases brought to him by the building commissioner’s office that need significant repairs or demolition.

The decisions are made at meetings known as “order to take action,” commonly known as OTA.

The three properties on South Second Street were within two blocks of each other.

Two of the houses are adjacent to each other but are likely headed in different directions.

The house at 1032 S. Second St. was acquired by Anthony Collier last year and currently is being renovated.

The house has roof damage and the exterior needs painting. Debris in the backyard, Collier said, was from renovations.

He was ordered to sign a compliance agreement and post a performance bond within 30 days.

A house next door, at 1034 S. Second St., is believed to be owned by a man who lives in Georgia.

The house has been vacant for at least two years and has damage to the roof and two porches. A detached garage is also in poor condition, according to a code enforcement officer who testified.

Berry ordered the house and garage be demolished.

Demolition also was ordered for a house at 931 S. Second St.

The owner apparently does not live in the United States and has not responded to letters sent by the city concerning the house’s condition.

The house has porch, roof and structural problems and has been vacant for at least two years.

Other decisions made at the meeting:

  • Demolition was ordered for a house at 501 Oakland Ave. The house has been vacant for about ten years and has a large hole in the roof.Demolition was ordered for a house at 111 Chapman Ave. Vacant for more than two years, the house has foundation and roof damage. The owner apparently lives outside of Indiana.
  • Repairs were ordered for a house at 1900 W. Franklin St. It has been vacant for an estimated five years. The building has broken windows, a damaged roof and needs painting.
  • The owner of a house at 532 Cherry St., was ordered to have an engineer assess the condition of the building. The house has been empty for nearly 20 years and has extensive damage.
  • The owner of a property at 1253 Columbian Ave. was given two weeks to sign a compliance agreement and post a performance bond before beginning repairs. The house has roof damage as well as problems with windows and an awning.
  • Owners of a house at 900 W. Blaine Ave. were told to sign a compliance agreement and post a performance bond to ensure repairs. The house has been vacant since the siblings’ father died five years ago. Part of the roof is collapsing.
  • Exterior cosmetic repairs were ordered for an occupied house at 1249 Okema St.


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