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Davenport seeks to condemn house to save it

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — In a plan to save a landmark in Davenport’s historic Gold Coast neighborhood, city officials are moving to condemn the severely dilapidated property.

The Quad-City Times reports that the landmarked home has deteriorated over the years, leading the city’s inspection services department to cite it for deficiencies in 2009 and declare it unfit for occupancy in 2010. It was boarded up and a temporary rolled roofing nailed on in 2012.

Davenport Alderman Bill Boom says the goal of condemnation is to take possession of the home, then enlist the help of a group called Friends of 510 that would secure the house and market it.

Boom says it’s the first time the city has moved to acquire an abandoned house through condemnation as a way of saving it.

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