I read with interest about the Olympia City Council’s decision to seek state funding to help, I assume, acquire the old Department of Corrections building downtown. Good luck with that request. It clearly is an eye sore.
Meanwhile, doesn’t the city have any codes that speak to a building owner’s responsibilities for upkeep of his/her property? The state of that building is deplorable, a visual blight, and yet, apparently, the city is continuing to allow the owner to just paint over the graffiti and board over the broken windows. Are all owners given this same freedom?
I believe when the Griswold property had a fire, the city compelled the owner to act in some fashion to correct the visual damages. Doesn’t this apply equally here? I would be interested in knowing if the city has no standards that a property owner must meet regarding basic upkeep of his/her property. If so, then please let the public know so that nuisance actions against property owners can be ignored. Or even more importantly, business owners can be allowed to have their property(ies) lie fallow and deteriorate. And if I was the owner of this building, I too would like the city to seek funding to buy it from under me at market prices. What a deal. I sell you junk for fair market value.