An Oak Ridge board on Thursday will consider ordering the demolition of five homes that could be bought by the city. The homes are at 105 Waddell Place, 101 and 117 Wade Lane, and 335 and 363 West Outer Drive.
The homes on Wade Lane and West Outer Drive are owned by Carden Rentals Limited Partnership. The Waddell Place house is owned by Rex Gass. The owners are interested in selling the properties to the city, the municipal staff said.
The Gass property is a vacant single-family dwelling, and the Carden homes are vacant multi-family residential units.
The city staff has recommended that the Oak Ridge Board of Building and Housing Code Appeals declare the homes unfit for human occupation or use, and order them demolished within 90 days to possibly allow the city to acquire them. The board meets at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building Training Room.
The board’s agenda said the homes lack adequate ventilation, light, air, heat, or sanitary facilities, and they are dilapidated due to disrepair. There are structural defects, and repair costs would exceed 50 percent of the structure’s estimated value, the city staff said. The Wade Lane and West Outer Drive homes also have problems related to water damage, rodents, and mold, the agenda said.
“This structure is dangerous to the health and safety of the general public,” the agenda said of the five homes.
See the board’s agenda here: Board of Building and Housing April 2014 Agenda. It includes a brief summary of each demolition case.