Post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman.
Mohammed Amro of Amro's Properties Inc., informally known in the NoMi blogosphere as "Mr. Slummy," has been served with foreclosure papers on 2515 3rd Street North. A brief s(l)ummary of this property, as well as what specifically led to the foreclosure filing can be found at the Johnny Northside post "Mr. Slummy Owes Some Money."
As to the papers now posted at the property, a sheriff's sale is now scheduled for November 9, 2011. Amro contracted out tens of thousands of dollars' worth of work to Siwek Lumber & Millwork, but has not paid them for work performed. So Siwek responded with a judgment, demanding among other things...
...a mechanic's lien placed upon the property.
The key here is "among other things." Neighbors have long suspected that Amro had abandoned all hopes of building his intended multi-unit property on this site. (And by the way, in spite of this blog's prominently displayed Hofstede Staff Timer, CM Hofstede does deserve credit for a swift response, coordinated with inspections and regulatory services.) The next question the community had is what would become of the structure? Clearly it's not going to be built out as it stands.
Siwek's judgment started with a payment arrangement of $32,000, broken up into $1,000 monthly sums. Amro agreed or was ordered to make those payments beginning in April of 2011. Siwek's claims that no payments were made at all. The judgment then expanded to over $53,000 with legal fees and other charges, whereas the real property at 2515 3rd Street North likely has a negative value. Demolition of this scope will easily outstrip whatever land value the site holds.
This is clearly not Siwek's first rodeo. They obtained liens against Amro's Chevy Silverado Truck and his Mercedes 430. The judge's ruling orders Amro to turn over title to these vehicles as well. Although who knows? Maybe Amro tried to weld pieces onto his truck in an attempt to convert it into an eighteen-wheeler that is no longer fit to be on the road.
Much like when Paul Koenig was discovered stiffing his contractors, I felt an initial pang of sympathy towards Siwek's. In this case though, the scope of work was so clearly beyond what code and zoning allowed for. These guys needed to do their homework before winding up knee-deep in a slumlord's hole to China. One look at the place and these guys really should have known what they were getting into.