City May Demolish Former Boarding House on Grace Avenue

After buying the property last year, city officials say the selling the home has been a bit of a challenge.

After buying a former "burdensome" boarding house on Grace Avenue last year, the city may consider demolishing it.

That news comes after the city has been unable to sell the home.

City officials recently told Lakewood Patch that the property, as an empty lot, may be offered to neighbors.

According to LoveLakewood.com, a potential buyer approached the city last year with a plan to turn the home into a halfway house, but that proposal was turned down.

The city recent dropped its asking price to $43,000, but the rehab could cost more than $100,000.

The city’s building and housing director Dru Siley said that the high cost of fixing up the home makes it “very unattractive to potential investors,” according to LoveLakewood, adding doubt that the city would “even be able to give it away.”

Meanwhile, a deal for the city’s other former boarding house on Mars Avenue is in negotiations.

Lakewood City Council approved the purchase of both homes in a packaged deal, from Aivars and Anita S. Auzenbergs, for $207,000, in March 2012.

The city is looking to sell the homes — with new deed restrictions — as single-family homes.

The large Victorian Gothic home at 1436 Grace Avenue is the site of a former six-resident boarding house that the city bought last year.

Just steps away from the Lakewood Public Library, the home at 1446 Mars Avenue has (count ‘em) nine bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

Brandon Scullion May 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Pat, I believe these needed to had to be purchased regardless of the ability to resell the homes It was necessary to acquire them to alleviate the other issues they were posing. Perhaps before you jump on the I hate Lakewood Government bandwagon you can do a little research prior moving straight to your angry response phase. http://lakewood-oh.patch.com/articles/lakewood-buys-two-burdensome-boarding-houses but hey, maybe they just would have been better off as boarding houses.
xv May 19, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Cherie have you even seen the home?
Brandon Scullion May 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM
I walked through. It has good bones.
M-F Schreiber May 22, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I totally agree with you, Brandon. Deconverting this monster house into a single family home is feasible if you can visualize the rooms beyond their current state. As long as the price is right, you are savvy in the trades, willing to put in a lot of sweat equity, and have a $100K at your disposal, this could be turned into a gem. Nicole Curtis, the famous rehab addict, would save it. Could this be our $1 house?
Brandon Scullion May 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM
This sort of project is a dream of mine. At this point I still have to focus on smaller scale home purchases but if I had the means this home would be fully restored. Perhaps if they sold it for a dollar I could do it but that of course is not in the cards.


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