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Another of Minot’s zombie homes left by the 2011 flood was removed this week. The structure at 114 7th St NW was razed by a demolition contractor. Asbestos abatement was completed early in the week, and the structure was removed on Nov. 18.
The process to remove these blighted properties started with 34 structures, and there are now 10 remaining with one more expected to be acquired by the end of 2020. Efforts continue with the remaining nine homes, including working with the City’s Community and Economic Development Department’s Code Enforcement Unit and First District Health Unit, as well as tracking foreclosure records, reaching out to realtors who handle foreclosures, and periodically repeating purchase offers.
Sixteen structures have been acquired and demolished, while eight more have been repaired or demolished by the owners.
An estimated $550,000 has been spent on acquisition and $280,000 on demolition with the funds coming from HUD CDBG-DR allocation #1. Funds remain available for additional acquisitions and demolition.