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City wants to purchase, raze downtown apartment building

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
February 18, 2008
— The city of Janesville will demolish an apartment building at East Court Street and North Parker Drive if the property’s sale goes through and the council approves.

City staff hopes the project is finalized in spring.


The building at 121 E. Court St. would be demolished as blight elimination for parking or other redevelopment, said Al Hulick of the city’s planning department.


Federal community block grant money would cover the estimated $300,000 cost.


The city recently notified the Department of Housing and Urban Development of its intent and expects to hear back within several weeks.


The city also must create a relocation plan for tenants. The building has 11 units but four tenants.


The city can negotiate with the property owner once the state approves the relocation plan.


The plan commission would review the purchase and pass its recommendation on to the council.


The property is designated as city-owned parking on several downtown plans, including the latest. Staff is aware of a parking deficiency in that area, Hulick said.


The owner approached the city about buying the property. The city’s policy is to wait for properties to come on the market.



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