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Old 06-21-2011, 07:19 AM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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These historic homes near the War Streets will be demolished by the city. Why? Can anything be done to save them?

http://historicpittsburgh.blogspot.c...-historic.html
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Philly
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put them on the market. seems like the city could save demolition money if they just sold properties, it's not like these places are needed to build a larger parcel, it will simply create a gap tooth block. not sure they qualify as historic, but still.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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I just wonder why the city is not putting these properties on the market. See them via google maps street view. They are nice-looking row houses in a happening area. They probably need renovation, but so do the houses the lists for sale on their site. Why not these?
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Philly
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I just wonder why the city is not putting these properties on the market. See them via google maps street view. They are nice-looking row houses in a happening area. They probably need renovation, but so do the houses the lists for sale on their site. Why not these?
that's a very good question. it seems like demolition will do more harm than good. how many other properties is the city wasting scarce money knocking down that could be sold? is there anyone you can contact at one of the papers? seems like if you found 100 homes to save, that might be enough to fix up a park instead, which adds value..as does renovating homes on an otherwise occupied block rather then creating a gap tooth block.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Southside Flats, Pittsburgh, PA
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Those were all on the market for < $15k each not even 6 months ago, alas.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm guessing that maybe they're just too badly damaged on the interior, like maybe the upper floors have collapsed or something, but it's just not visible from the outside.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:30 AM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Those were all on the market for < $15k each not even 6 months ago, alas.
Where? I never saw them advertised, and I scour real estate ads religiously.

I think even giving them away to prospective owners would be better than demolishing them. Why charge $15k for a house that you are just going to demolish anyway?
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Just wanted to add that I looked at the properties on Street View, and I actually like 1144 and 1148 Voskamp (as listed in the linked blog entry). They look TINY compared to the surrounding homes, but at the same time, I like them a lot for some reason.

If only I had enough money to be one of those people who could have a work-from-home job and split time between multiple cities..
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:34 AM
 
Location: O'Hara Twp.
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Where? I never saw them advertised, and I scour real estate ads religiously.

I think even giving them away to prospective owners would be better than demolishing them. Why charge $15k for a house that you are just going to demolish anyway?
The city doesn't list them on the MLS or in the paper. They list them on the real estate section of the city web site.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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The city doesn't list them on the MLS or in the paper. They list them on the real estate section of the city web site.
I was under the impression that the way those sales worked is that $15K is the starting price, then when they get the first bid the city publicly announces that they will be accepting bids for a period of time and the price could possibly go up dramatically from the starting point depending on interest. I found this out when looking at empty plots of land around the city, there were some in places like Hays listed for $100!

I hope that I'm wrong about that, though.
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