Sale, renovation possible for Crown Point home once facing demolition

2013-12-19T17:00:00Z 2013-12-19T21:46:15Z Sale, renovation possible for Crown Point home once facing demolitionSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
December 19, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A Johnson Street house previously set for demolition appears on its way to instead be sold and rehabilitated.

Documents prepared for the potential sale of the property at 9501 Johnson St. have been forwarded to probate court for a determination, city officials said Thursday.

The Board of Public Works and Safety, which has overseen developments concerning the property, will be kept up to date on progress of the possible sale and renovation.

The vacant, boarded-up home had fallen on hard times after fire destroyed it in 2012 and then the owner died, city officials said earlier this year.

An emergency order to demolish it was issued in July.

Before that could happen, the legal guardian of children of the deceased owner alerted city officials a construction company had shown interest in buying and remodeling the home for resale.

The public works board in August agreed to extend the demolition order providing progress was shown remedying the situation.

A swimming pool and trampoline on the property were taken down, and windows and doors were boarded to secure the house. Another 30-day extension of the demolition was approved in November.

Sale of the property to Newell Anderson is being pursued through the guardianship established for the children of the deceased homeowner, Assistant City Attorney Joseph Irak said in a letter to public works board members.

"My thoughts are that ultimately the sale will be approved and Mr. Anderson can then move along with his plans for this property," Irak said in the letter.

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