Committee decides to keep sites on condemnation list

The Pine Bluff City Council’s Development and Planning Committee determined in a Tuesday meeting that five residential properties will remain on a conditional condemnation list maintained by city authorities. The properties include single-family houses at 317 E. 21st Ave. and 318 E. 26th Ave., duplexes at 1211 S. Elm St. and 2201-03 S. Laurel St., and a triplex at 802 W. 27th Ave.

The multi-family units are owned by Maurice Jackson, who said he was working on the sites individually to bring them up to code and would be applying for new building permits so that he might have extended time to complete the collective work. He estimated another $3,500 in repairs must be finalized at the West 27th site. Approximately $5,000 worth of additional repairs are needed at the Laurel Street property.

Frances Ross represented the owner of the East 26th structure, which was first cited in 2010, but not placed on the condemnation list at that time. All the other houses on the block have been cited as well, and one is awaiting razing. Ross said the homesite in question has been burglarized and its furnishings and an air conditioner were removed. Additionally, the property has been vandalized.

While avenues of bringing the property up to code are investigated, the house will be boarded up, Ross indicated.

Andrew Taylor represented the owner of the East 21st house. He said the owner is ill and had planned on demolishing the property, but needs some time to get well and make a final decision. The house was first cited in 2009.

The committee’s decisions will be recommended to the council for its full consideration at Monday’s council meeting.