by Tori O’Dell
âHillsboro has worked diligently over the past six and a half years to tackle the problem of the often unsafe vacant buildings scattered throughout the city,â said Michael Murphy, Public Health and Safety Commissioner of the City. Town of Hillsboro. âToday the 50th structure has been demolished and a once neglected property is made safe and ready for future development.â
The city facilitated the demolition of a long-abandoned structure located on Water and King Street (near the Central Park pool) on Wednesday, December 22, after being approached by a resident interested in purchasing the property. The city helped put the ânow ownerâ in contact with the âprevious ownerâ to have the dilapidated structure on the plot dismantled.
Throughout his tenure as Commissioner, Murphy has devoted himself to the demolition of abandoned structures and the return of neglected properties to the public, an often unnoticed step in the city’s intensive initiative to revitalize itself. These vacant properties have ripple effects that negatively impact neighboring properties and the community as a whole, including decreased property values, increased crime, increased risk to health and welfare. be public, and even increased costs for municipal governments. The city’s ultimate goal is to get as many of these properties back on the tax roll as quickly as possible, and the vast majority of them, now 50, have remained in private hands, or sold, creating income for the city. .
Although the city must obtain a court order to demolish a structure, most of these properties remain in the hands of individuals throughout the process, as was the case with the most recent demolition of Water and King streets. Obtaining a court order to proceed with the dismantling of an abandoned structure can happen in several ways. The easiest is when the owners hand over the abandoned property to the city.
In some cases, taxes have been purchased by an outside company or there is an outstanding health and social services lien on the property – the state has a claim against the owner’s estate after death. These cases force the town to take legal action to absorb the property, which is where the Hillsboro Police Department and town attorney Kit Hantla step in.
âAll credit goes to my colleagues on the Board and the teams around them,â said Commissioner Murphy. âI couldn’t be more proud of the work that has gone into the monumental effort to clean up our community. This is the tangible result of government officials and members of the general public working together to make Hillsboro a better place to live.