RED-PLACARDED HOMES LIST
Courtesy City of Cedar Rapids:
City to Begin Reinspecting Red-Placarded, Flood-Damaged Houses
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – April 14, 2009 – Over the next two months, the City of
This week the City will send letters to the owners of 71 inactive houses with the most external damage. The letters include a Right of Entry agreement requesting permission for an inspector to enter the property. The City urges all property owners to sign the agreement and return it as soon as possible.
If the house is determined to pose a severe threat to health, safety or property by Municipal Code and FEMA regulations, the house will be demolished at the expense of the City. Due to the dangerous situation of these inactive houses, removing personal contents will not be feasible.
In a typical year, City staff members inspect about 15 significantly-damaged houses for potential demolition. The reinspection of about 200 inactive houses for potential demolition may take up to four months to complete. To manage the volume of reinspections, City staff will reinspect the houses in groups of about 70, prioritized by condition. The first group of inactive houses to be reinspected includes:
For more information about the reinspection process, contact the City’s Code Enforcement Department at (319) 286-5831.
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