Council member Diane Hofstede informed residents at the 3rd Ward CARE meeting that the Northside Food Market owners had not yet submitted architectural plans for how they will comply with the orders to rehab their property. Instead, their plan appears to be an attempt to sue the city so that they can remain open for "business." Business in this case means renting out the 466-square foot apartment to whoever will bring in a constant parade of drug deals, and then blame the drug dealing on the bus stop in front of the establishment. A new round of community impact statements will certainly help keep Northside Food Market shut down until (if ever) the owners come up with a viable plan to address the problems associated with how the place has been run.
Astute readers will notice that the photo above is NOT of the Northside Food Market, but instead a picture of what may be the aesthetic nadir of the Hawthorne neighborhood; 2222 4th St N owned by Mahmood Khan; the property where Annshalike Hamilton's body was found. Khan has defied both city orders and reasonable housing expectations time and time again here. For instance, since the restoration agreement (which he has failed to meet) only said "new" carpet without specifying what "new" means, he apparently put in carpeting from a previous unit. Don't even get me started on the windows. (There are seven different kinds because if you can believe it, Khan was even less selective about windows than about the carpet.)
The city council will be taking up 2222 4th St N at 1:30 on Monday. Once again, impact statements should be sent to Diane Hofstede, or people can call her office at 612-673-2203.
What was interesting about this picture was the door, which until this week...
...wasn't boarded. Since the property appears to be more of a nuisance now than it has recently been, I decided to look around a bit more.
Something just isn't right with that roof, and the window is left open as well. The window isn't the only opening that's open to the elements.
|311 has been notified of a garage door open to trespass.|
|If your windows don't match, then why bother with matching garage doors either?|
While the board is the typical city gray, the specialty screws used to board up properties weren't used here. Across the street at 2207 4th St N, we see what a city boarding job looks like.
So what prompted Khan to take a city board from another property and use that to secure 2222 4th? Will he have the board removed before Monday's hearing? Regardless, folks should contact Hofstede's office with impact statements for each of these communal eyesores.