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Evidence of continued recovery from the 2011 flood is becoming more apparent throughout the valley. The City of Minot has begun demolition of six more blighted homes as part of a federally funded effort to restore neighborhoods impacted by the City’s worst natural disaster.
Using federal Community Development Block Grant funding, six structures have been purchased through voluntary acquisition to remove blighted properties. The first of these structures was razed on June 4. Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma initiated the removal of these six blighted homes by using heavy equipment to help demolish the structure at 1607 Burdick Expressway East.
“These zombie homes have been part of our city for far too long, and while we have much work remaining, we’re happy to begin removing more of these homes,” Sipma said. “We’re moving forward to become a more resilient community, and that means these zombie homes must be removed when we get the opportunity. I’m more than happy to help demolish this one.”
Six structures are scheduled to be demolished this summer, leaving 26 structures on the list of blighted properties. For perspective, that’s less than 1 percent of the properties in the valley damaged during the 2011 flood. Work continues on the remaining blighted properties, either to acquire and demolish the structures or to have the owners repair the structures.
“These homes are outside the footprint of the ongoing Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection project, which means we can’t use funds from the National Disaster Resilience competition for acquisitions,” Sipma said. “We thank Housing and Urban Development for approving our request to use funds from a previous allocation to continue rehabilitating our neighborhoods.”
Because acquisitions are voluntary, the City does not have a timeline of when all blighted properties may be restored or purchased.