Knox BOW Members Receive Update about 6 North Pearl Street

Knox Board of Works members continued their discussion about a distressed property on Pearl Street when members met last month.

The property has been addressed multiple times by the Board of Works. It was originally slated for demolition in 2016 but officials later allowed the owner additional time to make necessary repairs.

After it was determined that there wasn’t a sufficient amount of progress made, BOW members voted not to renew the building permit.

When the Board held a hearing over the property in November, they decided to require the owner to post a $25,000 performance bond and set a new completion deadline of April 22nd, 2020. If the specified requirements are not met and the building is not structurally sound, the City will impose a $5,000 civil penalty.

At their January meeting, City Attorney Autumn Ferch stated that she has been coordinating with the owner’s lawyer. He reported that the owner is the process of obtaining the bond and wanted to schedule a meeting with Ferch.

Mayor Dennis Estok recommended that Board member Steve Dodge attend the meeting as well. Ferch said she would coordinate with the owner’s attorney and schedule a date that would work for all three of them.