Kendallville fighting blighted homes

This week, the city began the process to condemn 316 East Gertrude Street, Kendallville.

Posted: Jun. 28, 2018 10:17 PM

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WFFT) - Kendallville is fighting blighted homes in the community.

This week, the city began the process to condemn 316 East Gertrude Street, Kendallville.

Mayor SuzAnne Handshoe told FOX 55 the city started the year with six properties to demolish, two homes on south State Street were already torn down and two others are know acceptable.

Neighbors said they were excited the eyesore is coming down.

The worst part of it is when it was open, before they boarded it up all the windows are broke out of it and there was animals going in and out of it," said Ralph Poyser.

The property is in bad shape, the roof is coming in and you can smell the mold.

Brandon England, who lives beside the blighted house said the neglected property affects the entire neighborhood.

"I try to keep the property quite nice. It's very hard when you have a very unpleasant odor coming over," he said.

Handshoe said the city granted the homeowner an extension to get the property into compliance, but nothing has been done.

"It hurts to see a house that has potential that has been dilapidated that was lost for whatever purpose." Handshoe said.

Handshoe said the city encourages people to care for their properties, and even hands out monthly awards.

You can nominate a nice property in your neighborhood by contacting the mayor's office.

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