The Grafton City Council held a public hearing at its regular meeting on Monday night to discuss the possible demolition of two properties in the city. The properties in question are located at 52 East 10th Street and 644 Stephen Avenue. The owners of both properties had appealed the Building Official's order to demolish. Grafton Building Official Scott Boura has not been able to conduct an inspection of the interior of the home on 10th Street , but he estimates the cost of repairs to the exterior alone would cost over $31,000. He reports the assessed value of the home is $18,000; thus making the cost of repairs well over the value of the structure itself. The garage on the property has an assessed value of $0 and both the building official and property owner agree that the structure should be demolished. As for the house on the property, the council voted for demolition this spring but said that it would be open to rescind that decision if at that time the house has undergone necessary improvements. Mayor West informed the home owner that there may be some rehab dollars available through the city to help them make those improvements.
The house on 644 Stephen Avenue was damaged by a fire in the early winter of 2013. The interior was heavily damaged by smoke, but the underlying framing of the structure only received minor damage. Scott Boura estimates the cost of repairs to be 64% of the structures value. He noted the property could be saved but that it hasn't been worked on in months. Boura says in its current condition, the home is an attractive nuisance and possible harbor to pests. However, City Attorney Nicholas Hall recommended no action be taken on the issue on Monday evening, as the council couldn't prove that the property owner had been made aware of the date of the public hearing. The council voted in favor of tabling the discussion until its next regular meeting in February.