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City wants to see blighted apartment renovated

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rehker apartment 20-10-08

A view from the southeast second-floor apartment at the city-owned Rehker Apartment. The city owns the property and is looking for a private developer to take ownership of the building and land and rehabilitate the apartment.

Carroll city officials say an apartment property, abandoned for more than six years, likely is structurally sound enough for a renovation.

The city is expected this week to go public with a request for proposal on the property at 408 Seventh St., a 1/5-acre lot where an apartment building, known as the Rehker Apartment, sits in rundown condition, exposed to the elements and decaying. The property is valued at $97,360. Constructed in 1946, the building is located just to the north of the central business district and rests within a residential area.

“We think we’ll have a competitive bidding environment,” City Manager Mike Pogge-Weaver said. “Frankly, the city would just like to sell it.”

Several potential buyers already have contacted the city for tours and information.

Pogge-Weaver said the city would like to see the building in use as apartments. It has four two-bedroom apartments in two stories.

“We’re not selling just on price,” he said.

District Court Judge Steven J. Oeth ruled that the building does not meet the city’s building code and is “unfit for human habitation, occupancy or use.”

“The owner has not complied with any local housing recommendations and has made no attempt to rehabilitate the property,” the court ruled in an order issued Sept. 21.

Pogge-Weaver said the action is part of an overall city effort to crack down on nuisance properties that are best unsightly, but can also be dangerous.

Oeth ordered the property, previously owned by Pamela J. Nieland, 1106 Highridge Road in Carroll, turned over to the city. Nieland failed to act on a June 15, 2019 city demand to repair or remove the building and garage.

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