Committee recommends aldermen approve six homes on fix-or-flatten list

Posted: Aug. 11, 2014 10:55 pm Updated: Aug. 25, 2014 11:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A list of six properties for the city of Quincy's fix-or-flatten program is heading to aldermen.

The Finance Committee approved the list Monday night. The City Council is expected to take action on the list next week. The city's fix-or-flatten program handles the city's most derelict properties through the court system.

The properties this year are 912 Lind, 1029 N. Sixth, 624 N. Eighth, 834 Spruce, 717 N. Fifth, and 720 Ohio.

The city's department of planning and development has $32,000 for demolition costs. However, it is projected to cost $48,000 to demolish all six homes.

Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development, said at least another half-dozen derelict properties weren't put on the list. He said some properties that are selected by the program are dealt with by the property owner, family or a bank.

Fewer properties are being included in the program this year, since the city is using its existing legal staff to handle the cases instead hiring outside counsel as it has in previous years.