Alexandria city building officials say that two lots in the Viking City mobile home park are hazardous and unsafe.
At the recommendation of City Attorney Tom Jacobson, the Alexandria City Council agreed Monday night to start the process that could lead to demolishing the homes and removing the hazards, all at the owner’s expense.
The city has sent two letters to the owner of the mobile home park, based in Brooklyn, New York, advising the owner about the “unsafe” and “dilapidated condition” of the two manufactured homes located on lots A-2 and B-6.
The mobile home park, once referred to as Olson Trailer Park, is at 1611 Sixth Ave. E. City inspectors viewed the premises in June. Among their findings:
The homes were not secure and weren’t weather tight.
In one home, an inspector saw a rodent enter the house. The inspector also noted that all the windows were open, “presumably airing out the home as the stench coming from the home was significant.”
Both homes were in an overall state of dilapidation and appeared to be abandoned.
A ceiling in one of the homes was falling down from water damage.
In a June letter, the city notified the owner that the homes didn’t comply with state building code and the owner had until Aug. 16 to fix the problems.
City staff reinspected the sites on Aug. 17 and found the conditions of the homes were about the same.
In an order approved by the council Monday, the city gave the owner 20 days to repair the buildings or it would file a motion in Douglas County District Court to raze and remove them. The property owner would be assessed all the costs, including attorney fees.
The order described the property as “inadequately maintained, is dilapidated, has physical damage, is unsanitary, is a fire hazard, and is a hazard to public safety and health.”
Jacobson noted that the city has used this process many times in the past to clean up various hazardous properties.