Just when I thought the system was going to demonstrate its lack of teeth once again, a Judge has ordered Frank Faris, owner of Genny’s Diner, to give away a Victorian house he let dilapidate on Frankfort Avenue. Faris now has until April 1 to find someone willing to take the property for free and fix up the once beautiful home.
Broken Sidewalk broke the news about an ultimatum issued for the house last year when Faris was ordered to either sell the house, make appropriate repairs, or go to jail. He had posted a “For Sale” sign but couldn’t find a buyer by the court deadline of January 25. Instead of sending Faris to jail in January, a judge issued a deadline extension to allow Faris to sell the house to the city. That deadline expired March 1 with no deal.
You can check out a timeline of events that led up to yesterday’s court decision on the last article and check out a series of photographs detailing the 19th century structure’s decay over the last ten years.
Faris purchased the Queen Anne style house in 2001 for $100,000 and had planned to raze the structure for a few parking spaces. He waited years before attempting to tear the house down, and the Clifton neighborhood had subsequently been declared a Local Landmark District with new rules against the demolition.
The house has suffered over the past nine years battling the elements and two fires. It still could be restored if the right party is found willing to take on the project and perhaps the free price tag will be just enough to get this one going. We’ll see if these teeth have any bite to them at the next hearing April 1.