Knox Board of Works Gives Owner of 1 & 3 N. Main Another Month to Finish Fire Escape Repairs

The owner of a Downtown Knox building has once again been given another month to finish needed repairs. Director of Building and Code Compliance Kenny Pfost told the board of works Wednesday that work on the fire escape at 1 & 3 North Main Street still isn’t done, but the owner has been working on it.

“He’s got a new cement – almost like a footing, at the base of the stairs to help support that,” Pfost explained. “The railing, he’s got straightened out. It looks like the next step would be to get it sand blasted or treat it for paint and get it painted.”

Pfost said that at his most recent visit, the fire escape did appear to be secure.

He also told board members that he issued an order to rehabilitate the house at 204 West Bender Street, and owner Lucia Valladares hadn’t requested a hearing before the deadline. She was given 90 days to complete the work.

Meanwhile, Pfost said Valladares hasn’t given any updates on her property at 6 North Pearl Street. The city has already imposed a $5,000 civil penalty, and the board could add another $1,000 every 90 days until it’s in compliance.