CARSON CITY — A condemned eyesore property in Carson City now has a chance at becoming a charming park.
The Carson City Council voted at their Aug. 20 meeting to accept an offer from Ron Ray who wanted to donate his property to the city.
The property at 318 and 320 4th Street was condemned by the Montcalm County Building Department in 2011. Building Department Director Scott Minard said Ray told him several times he was going to fix up the duplex on the property, but never did.
“The house is repairable, but it would take quite a bit of work as it has been ignored for so long and has not had the maintenance that a house requires,” Minard said. “If the house is demo’d, then the property could be used for whatever the city allows.”
According to City Administrator Mark Borden, the state equalized value (SEV) of the property is about $20,000, so the street value is about $40,000. Borden said the cost to acquire the property and remove the duplex is estimated at about $8,000.
The city has about $17,000 remaining from the $36,981.03 that Marven and Bonnie Poindexter donated to the city in 2009 as part of a total of $761,990.39 in donations to the Carson City-Crystal area. Borden said it’s possibly the city could also use a portion of the $20,000 recently received from Carson Health for the purchase of the former water tower property, where the hospital plans to build a helipad.
The city owns the vacant lot directly south of Ray’s property. City officials have previously considered building a small park on that vacant lot.
“All three city parks are north of M-57 and this would allow residents on the south end of town to have a place to go without crossing M-57,” Borden said. “Another thought is to place some picnic tables on the property and hospital staff and others would have a nice place to enjoy a lunch or supper break outside. Perhaps we could partner with the hospital and share the cost to improve the property.
“Who knows?” Borden mused. “The possibilities are endless.”