ISHPEMING — If you didn’t know, a house in Ishpeming was torn down today because of blight.
This is not the first house or property to come down because of it.
There is a city ordinance with blighted properties; a property is usually deemed dangerous when it is in a certain condition and exposed to certain elements.
Over the last few years, there have been approximately 30 properties that have been demolished.
“I think that it’s fair to say that we have made some progress. We aren’t where we want to be yet but we’ve made some progress in removing blight from the city, we still have some areas that need help and houses that probably should come down and we’ll deal with them in a case–by–case basis” said Ishpeming City Manager, Mark Slown.
Slown says that often times, blighted homes end up in foreclosure.
When that happens they work with the County Treasurer, Anne Giroux, on the most cost effective method to either fix the building or demolish it.