On Tuesday, the Fairbury City Council agreed to move forward with demolishing dilapidated houses in the city by working with nine property owners to take down houses.
Fairbury Zoning Administrator Laura Bedlan explained that the City of Fairbury is able to complete these projects with the help of a grant the city received last year.
“This is what I refer to as the owner-occupied demolition grant,” said Bedlan. “It’s actually the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund Owner-Occupied Rehab Grant, which the city received in the amount of $161,710. Of that, we get to use $19,405 for demolition.”
The properties approved for demolition include 1307 Second Street, 1602 D Street, 1305 Oak Street, 820 Vine Street, 908 F Street, 1210 G Street, 1309 D Street, 200 Eighth Street and 1027 I Street. Each of the projects was reviewed by the Board of Health and the Fairbury Housing Advisory Board. Bedlan explained that one of the properties required a special stipulation due to the amount of asbestos found at the location.
“(The Board of Health and the Housing Advisory Board) recommend that the city council approve all of the projects, with the caveat that 908 F Street be contingent upon a $4,000 contribution from the owners because of the amount of the asbestos abatement,” Bedlan said.
The council unanimously voted to move forward with the demolition projects. Also during the meeting, the council voted to give a second reading of an ordinance to create street improvement districts along the H Street corridor.