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Peru to take apartment building owner to court

Posted by wlpo on November 20, 2012

You usually don’t find five-unit apartment buildings in the middle of a neighborhood. But every town has old homes that have been converted into apartments. That’s the story with a building on Cross Street in Peru that was badly damaged by fire earlier this year. The neighborhood doesn’t allow five-unit apartment houses. The one that was there was what the city calls a non-conforming use. And since it’s been damaged it may no longer be allowed depending on what percentage of the building needs restoration.

That’s what the city is taking the owner, Kent Anthony, to court to find out. The building is valued at just under $90,000. A contractor hired by the owner estimated the repairs to cost approximately $42,000 but hasn’t been able to give the city an estimate listing the costs by line-item.

Mayor Scott Harl is one of several city officials that says the estimate is too vague. The city council Monday night voted to take the owner to court so the judge will allow them to have another contract give them an estimate. If the cost of the repairs is more than half of the value of the building the property is looses its non-conforming use status and could not be rehabbed back to a five-unit building.

 

Alderman Rodney Perez was the only alderman who didn’t want to take the owner to court.

 

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