'We've received complaints': City of Omaha building list of deteriorating properties to be demolished

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'We've received complaints': City of Omaha building list of deteriorating properties to be demolished

BACK TO YOU. THANK YOU, BILL. THREE PROPERTIES AROUND OMAHA UP FOR DEMOLITION. CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL VOTE TO BRING DOWN THE DILAPIDATED HOMES IN THE NORTH AND WEST PARTS OF THE CITY. KETV NEWSWATCH 7 ALEX MCLOON IS LIVE WITH THE COST OF DOING THE WORK, DEMOLISHING ALL THREE HOMES COST $76,000. IT WAS UP FOR PUBLIC HEARING AT CITY COUNCIL TODAY BECAUSE THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY. BUT EACH PROPERTY OWNER IS ON THE HOOK, ACCORDING TO A CITY OFFICIAL. AND YOU CAN PLAY A PART BY KEEPING AN EYE OUT IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE RECEIVED COMPLAINTS ON ALL THREE SEPARATELY, CITY PLANNING DIRECTOR DAVE FANS. LAW SAYS THOSE COMPLAINTS CAME FROM NEIGHBORING HOMEOWNERS OF THESE PROPERTIES OVER THE PAST YEAR. THIS VACANT NORTH OMAHA HOME CONNECTED TO A DAYCARE WHICH BURNED IN A FIRE LAST YEAR AND HURT A FIREFIGHTER. AN OVERGROWN PROPERTY WITH A POOL AND TENNIS COURT NEAR WEST SIDE HIGH SCHOOL IN THIS HOUSE WITH A BARN IN NORTHWEST OMAHA, PROPERTY OWNERS COULDN’T BE REACHED FOR COMMENT, BUT THEY’RE NOW PART OF A DEMO PACKAGE. THE CITY SAYS THEIR OWNERS ARE ON THE HOOK. WE HAVE A BUDGET FOR DEMO AND THEN THERE’S A LEAN PUT ON THE PROPERTY. SO ONCE THAT LEAN IS PAID BY EITHER THE CURRENT PROPERTY OWNER OR SOMEBODY NEW, WE GET THAT MONEY BACK, GOES BACK INTO OUR BUDGET. THE CITY SAYS THE $76,000 PRICE TAG IS COSTLIER THAN NORMAL DEMOLITIONS BECAUSE OF THE PROPERTIES, EMPTY STRUCTURES AND TREE REMOVAL. THOSE ARE SIGNS YOU CAN KEEP AN EYE ON AND ALERT THE CITY ABOUT. OFFICIALS WILL REACH OUT TO OWNERS IN ORDER TO RESTORE PROPERTIES. BUT AT SOME POINT, WHEN WE’VE EXTINGUISHED ALL OF OUR PROCESSES, WE ISSUE THE DEMO ORDER AND THOSE THREE ARE WAS PART OF A DEMO PACKAGE THAT WENT OUT. THAT CITY OFFICIAL SAYS OMAHA IS BUILDING A LIST OF OTHER PROPERTIES THAT ARE RECEIVING COMPLAINTS. THEY’LL WORK THROUGH THAT LIST, THEN POST BIDS FOR DEMOLITION. AS FOR THE THREE HOMES WE TALKED ABOUT HERE TODAY, NOBODY OPPOSE DEMOLISHING THEM. SO THIS NOW HEADS TO COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR A VOTE. LIVE AT CITY HALL AL

‘We’ve received complaints’: City of Omaha building demolition list of deteriorating properties

Three properties are up for demolition in Omaha. The city could add more to the list, and you can notify officials.

Three vacant homes around Omaha are up for demolition with a combined $76,499 price tag.City planning director Dave Fanslau says the Planning Department is building a list of other homes receiving complaints, which they’ll work through, and then offer bids for demolition. Homeowners can submit complaints of vacant and deteriorating properties to the city.”When we’ve extinguished all of our processes, we issue the demo order,” Fanslau said.The Planning Department received complaints about three properties during the past year: a North Omaha home connected to a vacant daycare that burned in a fire last year, another house with a pool hall, tennis court, and chicken coop near Westside High School, and a northwest Omaha property with a barn.”We’ve received complaints on all three separately,” Fanslau said.KETV reached out to each property’s owner listed by the Douglas County assessor. Fanslau says each property owner is on the hook.”We have a budget for demo and then there’s a lien put on the property, so once that lien is paid by either the current property owner or somebody new, we get that money back, it goes back into our budget,” Fanslau said, adding federal dollars intended for demolition assist in paying costs.The city says the $76,499 price tag is costlier than other demo packages, because of the multiple structures and tree removal services required.No one opposed or supported the three demolition orders at city council Tuesday, Jan. 24. It now goes to city council members for a vote.

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Three vacant homes around Omaha are up for demolition with a combined $76,499 price tag.

City planning director Dave Fanslau says the Planning Department is building a list of other homes receiving complaints, which they’ll work through, and then offer bids for demolition. Homeowners can submit complaints of vacant and deteriorating properties to the city.

“When we’ve extinguished all of our processes, we issue the demo order,” Fanslau said.

The Planning Department received complaints about three properties during the past year: a North Omaha home connected to a vacant daycare that burned in a fire last year, another house with a pool hall, tennis court, and chicken coop near Westside High School, and a northwest Omaha property with a barn.

“We’ve received complaints on all three separately,” Fanslau said.

KETV reached out to each property’s owner listed by the Douglas County assessor. Fanslau says each property owner is on the hook.

“We have a budget for demo and then there’s a lien put on the property, so once that lien is paid by either the current property owner or somebody new, we get that money back, it goes back into our budget,” Fanslau said, adding federal dollars intended for demolition assist in paying costs.

The city says the $76,499 price tag is costlier than other demo packages, because of the multiple structures and tree removal services required.

No one opposed or supported the three demolition orders at city council Tuesday, Jan. 24. It now goes to city council members for a vote.