City Council got its best look yet at what are called a zombie homes. Assessor Brian Phelps told lawmakers there are about 150 homes spinning out of control, either owned by a bank through forclosure, orphaned by owner death or abandonment, or one of any number of other scenarios.
Compiling the data is sound policy as understanding the issue is better than just the 'zombie' buzz word.
Ironically, Council was told the situation has improved due to pressure on banks to move thngs along.
Not moving so far are two homes the city got from Wells Fargo. They need to be sold or demolished.
New state legislation is being credited with helping as well.
There are still houses vacant that are not true zombies. Two on my block. One because the owner chooses to keep it vacant but maintains it and the other in the process of being fixed up.
One infamous one on Ten Eyck will stay that way as even sold, the cost of repair exceeds its value as a single family home and because its lost its 'grandfather' status it can no longer be a multi family. In some cases, economics and zoning conspire with lack of stewardship to a zombie plodding along.