Crews Tear Down Meth House In Washington, Warehouse Next

By Mark Carlson, Iowa City Bureau Chief


By Aaron Hepker

WASHINGTON, Iowa - Demolition crews tore down a meth contaminated house in Washington on Tuesday. It's the first of three potential properties to be torn down after a string of meth incidents earlier this year.

"We have to do something about it," said Steve Donnelly, building and zoning official for the city of Washington. "I wouldn't want anyone moving in there and risking getting sick."

The house on W. Madison St. has been condemned since last March. Donnelly said property owners were given time to clean it up, but their deadline has passed.

A nearby warehouse will be the next meth contaminated property to be torn down. City officials say the property is nearly ready for demolition, which could happen any day.

City officials continue to work with property owners of the nearby Goncho apartment building, which has been condemned for nearly a year. Property owners still have a chance to properly clean the building up, it they choose not too, it could be demolished.

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