Syndicated by: Montana News
Evidence of continued recovery from the 2011 flood is becoming more apparent throughout the
valley. This summer, the City of Minot will begin demolition of six more blighted homes as part
of a federally funded effort to restore neighborhoods impacted by the City’s worst natural disaster.
Using federal Community Development Block Grant funding, six structures have been purchased
through voluntary acquisition to remove blighted properties.
The first of these structures is
scheduled to be razed on June 4 at 9 a.m. Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma will initiate the removal of
these six blighted homes by using heavy equipment to help demolish the structure at 1607 Burdick Expressway East.
“These zombie homes have been part of our city for far too long, and while we have much work
remaining, we’re happy to begin removing more of these homes,” Sipma said. “We’re moving
forward to become a more resilient community, and that means these zombie homes must be removed when we get the opportunity. I’m more than happy to help demolish this one.”
Six structures are scheduled to be demolished this summer, leaving 26 structures on the list of
blighted properties. For perspective, that’s less than 1 percent of the properties in the valley damaged during the 2011 flood. Work continues on the remaining blighted properties, either to acquire and demolish the structures or to have the owners repair the structures.
“These homes are outside the footprint of the ongoing Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection
project, which means we can’t use funds from the National Disaster Resilience competition for
acquisitions,” Sipma said. “We thank Housing and Urban Development for approving our request to use funds from a previous allocation to continue rehabilitating our neighborhoods.”
Because acquisitions are voluntary, the City does not have a timeline of when all blighted properties may be restored or purchased.