Judge May Force Sale of Dilapidated Property
Updated: Monday, April 8 2013, 07:21 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- An environmental court judge has given a woman one more chance to clean up the old Columbus Trolley Company site, or he'll force her to sell the property.
Minnie McGee appeared in court Monday, where Judge Harland Hale told her she has failed to follow a February order to “rehabilitate the site or otherwise return it to productive use”.
Judge Hale said it's not fair to the people who live near the dilapidated Oak St. site to allow the property to continue to deteriorate.
McGee said she has hired a crew to paint and do some repair work, and has met with two non-profit groups to explore the possibility of applying for grants.
Her actions, however, were not enough to satisfy the judge, who set a hearing date of August 15, at which time a sales plan may be established for the property.
“I’m planning on appointing a receiver to take control of this property and get it sold,” Judge Hale said.
The judge said Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has expressed interest in obtaining the property, which has been appraised by the City Development Dept.
Reporter: Carol Luper
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