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Owner of Condemned Home Loses Appeal

The home at 1214 Gladys Avenue will likely be demolished after the property was deemed a nuisance under city ordiance.

A Lakewood man appealed the city’s recent decision to condemn his Gladys Avenue home after building and housing officials determined it to be a safety hazard.

And on Thursday, the city’s board of building standards denied his appeal.

“It is likely the city will have to demolish the home,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of building and housing.

Last month, the city of Lakewood declared the home at 1214 Gladys Avenue a “nuisance property” after some serious structural flaws were found.

The walls are bowing out. The rear addition is detaching and falling from the home. In one night, the roof collapsed after a structural beam in the basement buckled.

Those are just a few of the reasons for the city's nuisance declaration.

“We’ve got kids who live next door,” Kevin Butler, the city’s law director, recently told Lakewood Patch.

The police took the homeowner into custody for numerous citations — and in an effort to remove him from the home at 1214 Gladys Avenue.

The windows and doors were boarded up and the property was declared a nuisance under city ordinance.

According to the nuisance declaration, there have been several inspections of the property.

“The owner failed, neglected, or refused to comply with previous correction notices,” according to the filing. “This structure has been deemed unsafe to occupy.”

“Every so often we have to issue a nuisance to a home, and a lot of times we have to knock them down,” said Butler. “This is an unusual one because it’s not already vacant and abandoned. Most of them are bank-owned and are vacant and abandoned.”

DLSJR February 22, 2013 at 05:03 PM
How sad. I hope the city finds this guy a new place to live now.
Alex Vandehoff February 22, 2013 at 07:45 PM
While I think the city did the right thing in the housing code survey conducted last year, I can't imagine it was all that thorough. If you look back on this site, this property is rated 'needs work' in that survey. If the walls are bowed and the chimney is falling over, how could it not have been rated 'needs significant repairs'? DL, I do not share your sympathy in this case. The property owner has been at this residence since 1975, according to the county site. The city doesn't owe him anything, if anything he owes his neighbors compensation for his neglect.
Kristen Bindel February 22, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Hi Alex. The housing code survey is based on the exterior of the house only. I have not looked at the house in passing, but if the damage to the walls or chimney is visible from the inside, then if would not have been included in this survey. A "Needs Work" rating states "Maintenance code violations are readily apparent, with multiple minor or a few major violations".
m.z.1 February 22, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Obviously the homeowner has issues. I hope he finds an answer to his problem. Sad to see this happen to anyone. But that's not the only house that is falling totally apart in Lakewood. I suggest if they tear this home down they best get busy on the rest of the homes beyond repair, or this will appear like this particular homeowner was unjustly targeted.
DLSJR February 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Lived in the home since 1975. Kind of sounds like a senior and then most likely to be on a fixed income. The neighbors should feel a shamed for thinking that they should be compensated and not helping the man out in his time of need. I help out an elderly neighbor that lives 6 properties away, and i have my own health issues. I do believe in karma, maybe that is why I'm blessed to be 37 and never have to worry about money.
Ariana February 23, 2013 at 02:07 AM
I am a neighbor and he is an obvious horder which becomes a safety hazard for him and those living close. He is lucky the house did not cave in and trap him inside. From the front and side of the house it appears mostly normal but from the back you can tell the house is falling apart at the seams... Literally. I feel bad he can no longer live in his home but it could be saving his life.

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