Abandoned house becomes Spencer success story

17 Nov 2016

Success Stories

Monday evening, the public was able to tour a house which was renovated after the city took possession of the property in response to complaints from neighbors. Approximately a year ago, the city began legal proceedings to take possession of the house, located at 612 Fourth Ave. W. The house was then purchased from the city and renovated by Rod Hanson and his brother Ward 5 Councilman Ron Hanson. The brothers own rental properties and do construction work in addition to their regular work.

City Attorney Don Hemphill explained that state code allows a city to begin proceedings if it believes a property is abandoned and noted the code includes defining characteristics of an abandoned property.

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