Monday, June 6, 2011

Mahmood Khan and Johnny Northside Inspire Me

Post by the Hawthorne Hawkman, photo by NoMi Passenger, originally appeared on the Johnny Northside blog.

When NoMi neighbors first notified me that Mahmood Khan was on the cover of the Star Tribune, my initial reaction was one of shock and disbelief.  I wanted to fire off another heated post about irresponsible journalism.  That is, until I read the article and saw Khan readily admit his shortcomings.  The city "expects Edina, but this is not possible in this part of the world," said Khan, a Roseville resident.  Thank you Mahmood for showing your true colors to anyone who wasn't already aware.  North Minneapolis is apparently another part of the world than Edina, where quality housing simply isn't possible in Khan's vision.

For the record, the Strib article spells Khan's first name as Mahmoud.  Given that city records show Khan owning a rental property at 2906 Emerson Ave N (where neighbors have reported suspicious drug dealing activity) and his name is spelled "Mahmood," that is the spelling I will continue to use here.

I want Khan's low standards to be exposed, even indirectly, in a cover story by the Strib.  And I'm glad to see Stephen Meldahl included in the article too.  Whenever the spotlight is on our problem landlords, that has to be considered a good thing.  They'll either be exposed for what they are, or they will improve their performance knowing that the community and the press are watching.

That being said, the article did inspire me to do more than simply write an opinion piece.  John Hoff routinely publishes the Hennepin County jail roster so that names show up on Google searches.  The same thing can be done with slumlords who appear on...

...the city's "Holding Property Owners Accountable" website.  Problem property owners are listed on Excel spreadsheets that can be downloaded, but don't come up on google searches.  So first up, we have a list of landlords who have had rental licenses revoked.  Notable names here include Morris Klock, Gregge Johnson, Aaron and Mary Durkop, and Mahmood Khan.  It's unknown if "Terry Koenigs" is any relation to Paul Koenig, or if Kurt and Constance Helgason are related to one of the TJ Waconia principals.



Owner Date of Council Action
Zorbalas, Spiros 09/23/05
Tom Nyakeriga 05/12/06
Mei Jen Chen/Seng Sung Chiang 06/16/06
Jay Petsche 08/04/06
Angelen Borodine 08/18/06
Hyder & Asgher Jaweed 09/22/06
Phillip Owens 09/22/06
Randolph Anderson 10/06/06
Jay Petsche 12/22/06
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06
Randy Gritz 04/13/07
Paul Yackel 05/25/07
Davood Raboodan 12/21/07
Chike Onyekaba 01/18/08
Chowdhury Ahsan 01/18/08
Kelly Lamphear-Dash 01/18/08
Laura Luna/Juan Jara 01/18/08
Richard Eischens 01/18/08
Diane Miller 02/29/08
Joseph R Althaus 02/29/08
Kurt/Constance Helgason 02/29/08
Michael Pletan 02/29/08
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08
Richard Miller 02/29/08
Tamera Pletan 02/29/08
Terry Koenigs 02/29/08
Morris Klock 08/22/08
David Klein 08/22/08
David L Marks 09/25/08
Perez/Llapa 10/10/08
Sam Owens 10/24/08
Gary Holgren 11/07/08
Llivichuzca 03/06/09
Gregge Johnson 04/24/09
Gregory Keiser 04/24/09
James Price III 05/08/09
Jason White 05/22/09
John Spencer 06/12/09
Rodolfo Trujillo 06/12/09
John J. Maher 06/26/09
Charles McColgan 08/14/09
Helena Atwell 08/28/09
Manuel Cajamarca 08/28/09
John T. Jensen II 09/18/09
Raymond Scherbing 09/18/09
Antonio Holley 10/02/09
Jeffery Webster 10/02/09
Ray Bolden 10/02/09
Spolinsky Jacox 10/02/09
Timothy LaCroix 10/02/09
Todd Cushman 10/16/09
Ben Dossman IV 10/30/09
Daniel Perfetti 10/30/09
Robert Cooch 10/30/09
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09
Kevin Grohs 11/13/09
Randy Olson 12/04/09
Tom Bohlen/Gallup Solutions 12/04/09
Todd Cushman 12/18/09
Mohammed Shahidullah 01/29/10
Anthony Okafor 02/12/10
Kevin Sheeley 03/12/10
Troy Hayden 03/12/10
Aaron & Mary Durkop 04/02/10
Jorge & Rodolfo Gonzalez 04/30/10
Todd Cushman 04/30/10
Todd Cushman & Tracy Otoka Cushman 04/30/10
Azzam Sabri 05/14/10
William Cook 05/14/10
Frank Zaragoza 05/28/10
Alan Kwong 06/18/10
Azzam Sabri 06/18/10
Cesar Bravo Sebastian 06/18/10
Joseph Yang 06/18/10
Oluwaseeun Omotosho 06/18/10
Roland Gerken 06/18/10
Tommy Dao 06/18/10
Wellspring LLC/Elizabeth Soll 06/18/10
Donald Carlson 08/06/10
Tyrone Reese 08/06/10
Kevin Murray 09/03/10
Robin Keaton 09/03/10
Randy Olson/Jennifer Deboer 09/24/10
Mahmood Khan 10/22/10
Osman Dirie 11/05/10
Joseph & Sari Dominques 11/05/10
Glen Ford 11/05/10
Jason Quick 11/05/10






Next up are landlords who have had two or more rental licenses revoked and are therefore ineligible for a rental license in Minneapolis for five years.  Eighty percent of the properties listed here are north Minneapolis homes.  Due to formatting difficulties, I am posting only the name, date of revocation, and date of eligibility.  For the full addresses (which will likely be the subject of a future post) click here.


Owner Date of Council Action When Eligible for RLIC
Mei Jen Chen/Seng Sung Chiang 05/28/04 06/16/11
Mei Jen Chen/Seng Sung Chiang 02/24/06 06/16/01
Mei Jen Chen/Seng Sung Chiang 06/16/06 06/16/11
Mei Jen Chen/Seng Sung Chiang 06/16/06 06/16/11
Mei Jen Chen/Seng Sung Chiang 06/16/06 06/16/11
Jay Petsche 08/04/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 08/04/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 08/04/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 08/04/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 08/04/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 08/04/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 08/04/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 12/22/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 12/22/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 12/22/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 12/22/06 12/22/11
Jay Petsche 12/22/06 12/22/11
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06 12/22/11
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06 12/22/11
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06 12/22/11
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06 12/22/11
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06 12/22/11
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06 12/22/11
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06 12/22/11
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06 12/22/11
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06 12/22/11
Scott Feyereisen 12/22/06 12/22/11
Paul Yackel 05/25/07 05/25/12
Paul Yackel 05/25/07 05/25/12
Paul Yackel 05/25/07 05/25/12
Paul Yackel 05/25/07 05/25/12
Paul Yackel 05/25/07 05/25/12
Paul Yackel 05/25/07 05/25/12
Paul Yackel 05/25/07 05/25/12
Terry Koenigs 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Terry Koenigs 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Richard Miller 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Diane Miller 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Richard Miller 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Diane Miller 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Diane Miller 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Richard Miller 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Diane Miller 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Diane Miller 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Diane Miller 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Diane Miller 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Michael/Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Tamera Pletan 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Joseph R Althaus 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Joseph R Althaus 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Joseph R Althaus 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Kurt/Constance Helgason 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Kurt/Constance Helgason 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Kurt/Constance Helgason 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Kurt/Constance Helgason 02/29/08 2/29/2013
Gregge Johnson 04/24/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Gregge Johnson 11/13/09 11/13/14
Randy Olson/Jennifer Deboer 12/04/09 09/24/15
Randy Olson/Jennifer Deboer 12/04/09 09/24/15
Randy Olson/Jennifer Deboer 12/04/09 09/24/15
Randy Olson/Jennifer Deboer 09/24/10 09/24/15
Randy Olson/Jennifer Deboer 09/24/10 09/24/15
Randy Olson/Jennifer Deboer 09/24/10 09/24/15
Randy Olson/Jennifer Deboer 09/24/10 09/24/15
Randy Olson/Jennifer Deboer 09/24/10 09/24/15
Randy Olson/Jennifer Deboer 09/24/10 09/24/15
Todd Cushman & Tracy Otoka Cushman 12/18/09 04/30/15
Todd Cushman & Tracy Otoka Cushman 04/30/10 04/30/15
Todd Cushman & Tracy Otoka Cushman 04/30/10 04/30/15
Todd Cushman & Tracy Otoka Cushman 04/30/10 04/30/15
Todd Cushman & Tracy Otoka Cushman 04/30/10 04/30/15
Todd Cushman & Tracy Otoka Cushman 04/30/10 04/30/15
Todd Cushman & Tracy Otoka Cushman 04/30/10 04/30/15
Todd Cushman & Tracy Otoka Cushman 04/30/10 04/30/15
Assam Sabri 05/14/10 06/18/15
Assam Sabri 06/18/10 06/18/15
Frank Zaragoza 05/28/10 05/28/15
Frank Zaragoza 05/28/10 05/28/15

The city also provides a list of condemned properties, noting that a condemnation is the equivalent of a rental license revocation.  Some familiar names pop up on this list as well.  Since the Excel file won't fit neatly on blogspot, but does contain the property owners' home or business address, I'm re-typing the relevant parts here:

209 34th St E, owned by Meshack M Siro, with a contact address of 1359 Burke Ave W, St. Paul MN 55113
401 Logan Ave N, owned by Alean Burks, with a contact address of 619 Queen Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55411
416 31st Ave N, owned by Ade & Nimmy Esuoso, with a contact address of 5780 Lincoln Dr #300, Edina MN 55436
601 Dowling Ave N, owned by Todd R Ellison at 3539 Girard Ave N, Minneapolis 55412
807 Logan Ave N, owned by Daniel Johnson at 1806 Irving Ave N, Minneapolis 55411
807 21st St E, owned by David M Hult at 364 Bates Ave, St. Paul 55106
914 Sheridan Ave N, owned by Ben Igherighe at 2957 Washburn Ave N, Minneapolis 55411
1029 28th Ave NE, owned by Scott D Johnson at 8774 Dunkirk Ct NE, Blaine 55449
1414 Xerxes Ave N, owned by Anthony O Aigbogun at 7306 74th Way N, Brooklyn Park 55428
1514 Thomas Ave N, owned by Julia A Rozhansky/Danna D at 509 2nd Ave S, Hopkins 55343
2019 Penn Ave N, owned by Susanne E Mathis at 5782 Birchwood Ave NE, Prior Lake 55372
2102 Russell Ave N, owned by Cynthia Bingham at 1412 Hall Curve, Minneapolis 55411
2200 6th St N, owned by Bijan Bader at 953 Lake Ridge Bay, St. Paul 55199
2211 Queen Ave N, owned by Michael Myrlie at 70 Lexingtn Ave N #2, Shoreview 55126
2223 Aldrich Ave N, owned by Yee Thao at 7201 90th Ave N, Brooklyn Park 55445
2230 6th St N, owned by Brian W. Hallblade at 535 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids 55433
2306 James Ave N, owned by Stephen Meldahl at 1223 26th Ave N, Minneapolis 55411
2307 West Broadway Ave, owned by Edward E. Neepay at 14028 Mallard Trail, Rogers 55374
2422 Bryant Ave N, owned by David A Spar at 7900 Hwy 7, Minneapolis 55426
2527 Central Ave NE, owned by Majdi M Wadi at 2427 Tournament Players Circle North, Blaine 55449
2611 California St NE, owned by Aaron B Durkop at 3201 3rd St N #301, Minneapolis 55412
2614 University Ave NE, owned by Andre M. Dube at 1763 Hallmark Ave N, Oakdale 55128
2626 21st Ave N, owned by Gregge Johnson at 11880 Highland Road, Elk River 55330
2639 Colfax Ave N, owned by Ben Koolmeister at 15306 Lesley Lane, Eden Prairie 55346
2712 Penn Ave N, owned by Ben Coleman at 1513 Burnsville Pkwy #211, Minneapolis 55337
2803 Aldrich Ave N, owned by Rico A Blevins at 8800 Oregon Ave N, Brooklyn Park 55411 (zip obviously not right, but that's what the sheet says)
2906 Aldrich Ave N, owned by L.L. Belmore at 4811 Girard Ave N, Minneapolis 55430
2929 11th Ave S, owned by Beebe Cleo A at 2933 11th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407
2931 16th Ave S, owned by Danile M Mwangi at 9747 Union Terrace Ln N, Maple Grove 55369
3042 18th Ave S, owned by Carlos Espinosa at 3042 18th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407
3212 Elliot Ave, owned by Gaius H Lohonen at 3212 Elliot Ave, Minneapolis 55407
3305 5th Ave S, owned by Jose H. Vazquez at 3305 5th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407
3315 Dupont Ave N, owned by Andrei Gill at 1305 50th Ave N, Minneapolis 55430
3422 Girard Ave N, owned by Jim Russell at 300 E 1st St, Waconia 55387
3433 Chicago Ave, owned by John Fitzgerald at 3914 Beau D'Rue Dr, Eagan 55122
3501 2nd Ave S, owned by Jose Alberto Fernandez-Uribe at 11447 Hastings St NE, Blaine 55449
3963 Colfax Ave N, owned by Ronnie and Sarah L Holliday at 4022 Bryant Ave N, Minneapolis 55412
4140 29th Ave S, owned by Nancy M Lindberg at 4144 29th Ave S, Minneapolis 55406

Minneapolis also publishes a list of condemned properties, but since that does not include property owners' info and is 15 pages long, I won't retype it here.

So thank you, Mahmood Khan, for inspiring me to get as much info out there for Google to chew on.

13 comments:

  1. Add to this list: 2915 Lyndale Ave N owned by Tom R Brummer, 2453 80th St Sw Montrose 55363. Multiple violations - the most noteable that the windows have been broken since July 2010, including one window that is just a plastic sheet now. There are children living in this house. I have reported it multiple times, and I have had Tom lie to my face that he "fixed" the windows, while I could see the plastic sheet flapping in the wind. (He owns multiple properties and they are all awful.)

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  2. Do you really think these guys care if they show up as having properties with rental licenses revoked? Its not even close to being tossed in jail where an employer might search you. Move on, nothing to see here folks.

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  3. This list is more for prospective tenants who may search their landlords' names.

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  4. @Anony 10:54

    We already know that they don't care, that's why they're on the list shit-for-brains. It's for people like us who now have a name to go with the property. It seems you wouldn't care if we knew your name then? What's your handle, or should we just call you shit-for-brains?

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  5. Don't be too hard on Anon 10:54.

    It seems what he is advocating is even more progressive remedies for this problem. Solutions that go after the property owner rather than the structure.

    Anon 10:54 is right. By purchasing cheap foreclosure under a LLC and deferring maintenance while collecting bloated Section 8 subsidies - these individual rental properties are expendable by the time the City revokes licensure. The Property Pimps have already milked them dry.

    The City needs to start putting these "investments" into receivership and evoke stronger remedies like those outlined in the existing Nuisance Laws that ensure that "landlords" are taking personal responsibility and long term business strategies in our communities.

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  6. As much as I like brevity and snark, your point, Anony. 8:03, is much less ambiguous than 10:54's. If in fact your point was indeed 8:03's, I'm on their side. If 8:03 is just being an asshole and further adding insult to injury, screw them.

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  7. I highly doubt those who would rent from the likes of the business owners on the city list would be googling their landlord. Most probably cannot even tell you the correct spelling of their landlord's name. Like I said, these aren't the droid's you're looking for.

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  8. Oh Jeff you are going to owe me for this one lol!
    I did a little digging after you questioned a few names on the list and you won't believe what came up!

    Tamera and Michael Pletan it appears are part of the TJ Waconia gang! A simple Google showed those two names all over the place as buyers and sellers with a lot of TJ Waconia houses.
    THERE'S MORE!

    I did more searching by changing the spelling of Tamera a few ways and I found that BOTH Tamera and Michael are licensed appraisers in Minnesota! Or WERE appraisers because, Michael LOST his license in 2008! There must be a story behind that!
    I found that Tamara and Michael Pletan also owned Greenland Properties and that is another name that has had rental licenses revoked!

    I am still digging and there is more info to go thru but, I had to stop to tell you what I uncovered thus far!

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  9. I admire your tenacity and perserverance.That is an impressive roster of derelicts who need to take a time out and behave, but first need to be beaten from pillar to post. Now we present the curious assumption that the folks on this list, or 99% of them anyhow, believe that they are of a higher class structure than those on the other end of the spectrum of let's keep a roof over our heads human neccessity said list. Well, how about a simple FUCK YOU and the alien ark that spit you out while passing by the planet. I always have had a special type of anger for those who think that their shit doesn't stink. They believe that because they have a little more greenback that it covers the fact that their fat bellies are yellow. Hmmm, green and yellow, the hue that i shit out this morning followed by the paperwork of course, left me wondering what the hell the people with irritable bowel syndrome or persistent diarrhea have to go through. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the course of nature sometimes brings good fortunes and other times people act as though they are deaf cows grazing on railroad tracks oblivious to the train that is about to blast the milk out of 'em. So, folks, my only guess is that there are but two classes; one that has elements intended to inflict misfortune and the other to have it pelted at them endlessly. In conclusion i will state that the people who rape and plunder our area with self righteous impunity can all be traced back to the same pile of snot and mucous that was spit out from the onset. Do not ever put away your waders. Good Day.

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  10. 8:03 here-

    Yes, I can be an Asshole for those that don't agree with me, but I am dead serious.

    I watch the City and Community beat around the bush in regards to holding local stakeholders (Investors and sociopathic residents) responsible for their actions and it makes me sick to see the constant references to aiding the poor.

    "We can't expect landlords to be responsible and we need to over compensate them for the dismal conditions they provide for the poor. The poor will only trash a really nice place. The poor live in NoMi because it is on the bus line to good service jobs in Downtown Minneapolis. We don't dare make this a better community because it might displace these poor.

    Being Poor does not equate to being ignorant or unlawful. Nomi should not be beholden to tolerating such behavior. The true poor become the victims either directly or by the tolerance that lets ignorance feed into such behaviors.

    The City has taken the stance that it will address the symptoms of this social malady rather than the cause. Instead of isolating the source of the greed and nuisance behaviors using the progressive remedies mandated by law, it waits till overwhelming community outcry mandates action and then addresses the individual structures. Like trying to kill a tree by plucking its leaves. It takes a long time and leaves an ugly stump.

    This list is a joke! Look at all the repeat names listed here. If the City were serious about eliminating problem properties wouldn't they try and go after the assets of the poverty pimps involved rather than wait till a property has racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of assessments? Isn't that pretty much a sign that these landlords have written off those properties anyhow?

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  11. Anony. 8:03

    You're not an asshole with that view. I see quotes starting at the third paragraph. Was that supposed to be quoted? Regardless, You're right in what you've said about class and socio-economics. And it is not the poors fault, directly or indirectly in most cases. Poverty and class-struggle definitely reach massive geographic and historical proportion beyond Nomi. How are we going to address the underlying issues you have mentioned without becoming an anarcho-syndicalist, or straight-up socialist society? We're playing with the cards that we have been dealt in dealing with the issues we face as a local community and nation.

    I realize that there are a ton of service jobs downtown and everywhere on our bus lines, but there are also high-paying and high-skill jobs as well. In my opinion, it's just going to be a matter of time before folks with particular high-income potential skill sets move back into Nomi for economical reasons as well. Look at the bickering from OPEC today! With more political influence from people with more connections and wealth moving back into Nomi, I think you'll see the city react to us just as they do, maybe not like they do to Kenwood residents, but react to other residents in Mpls. proper when it comes to getting things done. I think that this is going to be the only way the city is finally going to look beyond the symptoms and become more proactive in addressing North's issues. After that, I don't know. Maybe with more trains going up through Elk River and beyond, you'll find more poor folks moving to the exurbs like it's happened in most post-industrial first-world countries.

    It's hard to meddle with the primal forces of nature Mr. Beale... The world is a business!

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  12. John Spencer, mentioned here somewhere...

    Sentenced today.

    http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2352304.shtml

    Half a dozen or so North Minneapolis properties involved.

    The mainstream media news stories don't list the specific addresses and, of course, city property website is only searchable by address not name of owner.

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  13. This might help you find the droids you are looking for.

    http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/2008-meetings/20081121/Docs/2008PropertyTaxAssessment_RPT.pdf

    You wouldn't believe how many times "Greenland Properties LLC" gets mentioned on this list of 2008 tax assessments. Since the city website isn't searchable by name of owner, going through this document page is surprisingly helpful.

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