This building has been declared to be a public nuisance and is under contract for demolition. All required notices have been issued to the former and current owner. This building also falls under the jurisdiction of the hazard abatement program. The owner would need a court order to stop the demolition at this time.
On Thursday I received an photo taken that day that clearly showed that windows had been framed over and painting had taken place on the front of the structure. Over the door is a BANNER announcing the Motorcycle club.
I was able to obtain an email address for the Ruthless Riders Motorcycle club and sent them an email communication Thursday afternoon advising them the building was scheduled for demolition by the city. I included a copy of declaration of public nuisance. As of Today there has been no reply from them.
I received email communications from area residents that Thursday evening carpeting has been delivered to the site. Work is continuing on the property in spite of city declaration of a public nuisance and the city is not taking the necessary steps to shut this activity down.
Fairmount has dozens of kids who play in the street. The establishment of a Motorcycle club at this location would result in increased vehicular traffic, dangerous speeding and increased noise that would directly affect neighboring property values and would be injurious to the Health, welfare and public safety of residents.
No permits, according to the city records have been pulled for ANY repairs and in order to use a building like this for organizational use the building would require sprinklers and other fire safety equipment as well as be ADA compliant in addition to all mechanical permits required to bring the building up to code. WHY they have not sent an inspector by and posted a STOP WORK order is totally unacceptable.
The city is SERIOUSLY dragging its feet on this issue and the neighborhood residents who have made major financial investment in their neighborhood , deserve quick action from city officials.
The longer city officials drag their feet , the potential of a greater legal quagmire is created on getting these people out of that building.
This morning the neighborhood association in an email communication with the city manager, Ed Cunningham , Al Taylor and Mike Fhen of city inspection has made a formal written request that the city conduct and inspection of the property to determine if work is indeed going on in violation of the nuisance order and if so to issue an immediate stop work order.
UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! 10:45 Friday
I recieved an email from Ed Cunningham, Manager, Code Enforcement.
The Building will be on the ground by next Weds. according to the contractor. I will have an inspector check the site today, post condemnation signs, see what kind of activity is occurring, and advise anyone working on the building to discontinue based of the impending demolition.
Edward P. Cunningham
Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Division
Even though its early, it looks like
Knox Hill Neighborhood Association 1.
Slumlord/Biker Club 0.
As much as I hate to see that building go, the idea of biker club there would just be a MAJOR problem and a real step back for the neighborhood! Updates, as they happen, will follow!