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Promise Kept – Valparaiso to Tear Down Abandoned Home on Washington

Published on: 06/23/2022


Christopher Saul | Mid Bay News | June 13, 2022

In the next couple of weeks, Carl Scott told an assembled Valparaiso City Commission Monday night, he is going to take a scoop of dirt from the land at 363 Washington Avenue in Valparaiso, for a good cause. 

Seven years ago, an elderly woman who lived on Washington Avenue made a code enforcement complaint about a decrepit home on her street  – which had long been abandoned. She passed away before Carl Scott, the Valpasrasio building inspector, could succeed in having the house torn down. Scott fought with heirs to the house, an IRS tax lien and byzantine rules which have prevented the home from being knocked over. 

Several years ago, Scott even had the certificate of occupancy revoked on the house. Even so, his actions weren’t enough to permit demolition. 


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