I've been following the plight of 125 Woodlawn Avenue. Since a local contractor who lived here and left for Charlotte, the place has been on a down hill slide. The City took possession last October in a tax foreclosure proceeding. It was demolished this week. Price for this demolition, $20,000.
125 Woodlawn - Before & After
I first wrote about 125 Woodlawn in August 2006 - High Price of Red Tape. I learned from looking through the documents stapled to the front door that the City was paying a local contractor $8,000 to remove the asbestos siding. In Red Tape - Part II, from December 2006, shows what the house looks like without the asbestos siding.
Asbestos siding is an amazing product. It holds paint very well and seems to require very little maintenance. Structurally this house was in very good shape, with the exception of some support issues on the front porch.
Let me ask again. Why are we spending so much on demolition when the same 20K could have been used in a revolving loan fund to help with the rehab here at 125 Woodlawn. This sort of stick style house appears all around the Cold Spring neighborhood. We need a few people with vision.
When I moved to this neighborhood, on this block with 125 Woodlawn, there were 18 houses 10 years ago. That's down from the original 25 shown in this picture from 1956. Today are 13 houses. Five are occupied.