The Knox City Council met this week and heard from Viola Woods, the attorney for the new owner of 304 S. Main St. in Knox, more commonly known as Marsh Manor.
Woods had asked the council what needs to be done in order for her client to improve the property enough to bring it back up to liveable standards, as it had previously been condemned following a fire that destroyed a portion of the house.
Her client had purchased the property earlier this year for roughly $15,000 from the county’s online tax sale, and she said she did not know the inside of the building had been gutted from the fire. The buyer had previously asked the county if she could get her money back, but she was informed that all sales are final.
Woods was told that she will have to appear for a hearing before the Board of Public Works to work with them on getting the building up to code.
The back-taxes on the property are currently around $18,000, and the woman had reportedly purchased the property in the hopes of turning it into a four-unit apartment building that she could rent out.