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Can the city do anything about the two damaged houses in the 500 block of Sycamore?

Fire damaged both 513 and 517 Sycamore on June 5. The two properties are included on the city’s fix-or-flatten program list, which was approved by the Quincy City Council on June 26. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 8, 2017 1:25 pm

There are two houses side by side in the 500 block of Sycamore, one partially burned, that have been sitting there with nothing being done for at least six months and probably much longer. They have to be a safety and health hazard, as well as an eyesore. Does the city plan any action, or can it?

It looks like you are referring to 513 and 517 Sycamore. The two properties are included on the city's fix-or-flatten program list, which was approved by the Quincy City Council on June 26.

The two vacant homes were damaged in a fire June 5. Firefighters were called June 3 to the report of a fire at 517 Sycamore, which spread to 513 Sycamore. The fire was marked as suspicious because the home did not have utilities hooked up. It is under investigation by the Quincy Police Department.

The fix-or-flatten program deals with some of the most blighted properties in the city by taking owners to court to fix any code violations. Many times the city takes possession of the properties, and then the city sells the property as is or demolishes the structure before putting the property on the market.

Other properties on the list are 408 Scenic Drive, 230 Cherry, 626 Oak, 629 Oak, 917 N. 11th, 1025 N. Sixth, 2007 Spruce, the carriage house at 601 Spring, 929 S. Sixth and 612 Jackson.

The estimated cost for demolition of all properties is $95,000. The city budgeted $42,500 for demolition work associated with the program, and the city also received a $70,000 grant from the Illinois Department Housing Authority for demolition.

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