17 Vacant Buildings In Lake Elsinore Deemed Unsafe And Dilapidated

Currently, for this year the City of Lake Elsinore has identified 17 unsafe and dilapidated vacant structures that need to be addressed.

As Wildomar officials begin cracking down on abandoned buildings within the city, Lake Elsinore officials are reminding their residents that they have money set aside for the same purpose.

For the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget, the City of Lake Elsinore has allocated $105,000 to continue with the Structure Abatement Program, a news release from Lake Elsinore managment analyst Justin Carlson read last week.

"The program which is overseen by the Building & Safety Division identifies unsafe and dilapidated vacant residential and commercial buildings that either need to be remodeled or demolished," the release stated.

"Once a vacant site has been identified and inspected by the Building & Safety Division, the property owners are contacted. The property owners are then provided the opportunity to remodel the structure or remove it themselves. If the owner determines that remodeling or removing the structure is not possible, then the City can assist and remove the vacant unsafe building. The City will get reimbursed at a later date for the demolition when the property is sold or developed," the release continued.

Currently, for this year the City has identified 17 unsafe and dilapidated vacant structures that need to be addressed. Out of the 17, five have been demolished and three have been remodeled and/or rehabbed to meet City code requirements, according to the release.

For more information on the City’s Structure Abatement Program, contact Warren Morelion (Acting Community Development Director) at wmorelion@lake-elsinore.org, (951) 674-3124 ext. 270, or Bill Belvin (Building & Safety Official) at bbelvin@lake-elsinore.org, (951) 674-3124 ext. 286.


Dog October 14, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Isn't that a picture of the local Patch office?
Roberto October 14, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Dilapidated property abatement (unihabitable) in the City of Lake Elsinore is one of the few things they done right. We simply cannot have unsafe vacant building go unimproved or demolished because of the danger to the public at large. Once the process to demolish is started, the building is gone within 12 months. In the County, this can take years! When the City does right we need to acknowledge just like we point to to the lack of ethics in firing the City Manager in the middle of his contract just because a turncoat was appointed to the city council. I suggest the County, Wildomar look at this as a model for abating properties.
Marshall October 14, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I agree, demolish the property or fix it. I like what the city is doing about this. I just wish their budget was bigger....
Jenny Nason October 15, 2012 at 02:16 AM
What's up with the beautiful abandoned house in hills off main?
Roberto October 15, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Report abandoned dilapidated properties even if they hav slipped through the cracks for years. Lake Elsinore is a well oiled machined when it comes to unsafe vacant properties. In the end, this cost the taxpayers zero as the property is either brought up to code, torn down by the owner or the Cities contractor. In the end, the City get's re-imbursed. A win-win for the citizens, the City and adjoining propery owners. We don't need to make the city anymore unsafe than it already is...listening Future District Supe Kevin Jefferies? Bob Cashman, Bridgette Moore? etc. We are all in this together like it or not!
doris weidt October 15, 2012 at 05:16 AM
jenny check ur local history. it was a hotel spa for the stars of the fortys.
MB1 October 15, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Jenny That house was owned by one of the Tarzan actors and was put on the historical society list. No this is a good thing. This will help with the look of the city instead of looking like a ghost town.
Jenny Nason October 15, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Thank you.
Diana October 15, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I am glad to the City finally doing something about these abandoned, run down buildings. They need to make people continue to clean up their properties. Bob Buster/Kevin Jefferies are you paying attention? Cities are paying attention to the blighted areas the County needs to step up too and do something about Grand Ave, it is terrible stretch that needs some attention. I am all into rural living but what is along Grand is beyond rural it is just a dump. Get those property Owners to clean it up.
Antonio October 15, 2012 at 07:42 PM
With the "Great Recession" that started in 2008, real property values have declined steadily since then. County, city and other governments get a significant share of property taxes which have declined with the property values. As such the Code Enforcement budgets, along with other government departments, have had their budgets reduced significantly.
David Pereira October 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Are you out of your mind? This is one thing the local govt needs to do. This is something that will better everyone. The only people against this are you and people who own or live in these crack-house slums. Have you ever driven down Lakeshore? Abandoned buildings and crack-houses litter the lake side of the street, and this is one of the paths that tourists take to get to the lake. I say tear all those crap holes down. If the slumlords that own that property had any pride they wouldn't let their property become what it has become. If you want to be a big shot and own some property, you have the responsibility to maintain the property to healthy levels. If you can not, then you do not deserve to own property. LER, since you're against this I bet you either own a dilapidated property or you're just a filthy pig yourself that lives in squalor. I know you'll deny it and say you just don't like local govt stepping in, but in this case your true colors are showing. You're a filthy pig and believe we should all live amongst filth. Well madam, I prefer cleanliness.
David Pereira October 16, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Or now that we have a real City Manager things are finally taking months and not years. There are now more street lights, traffic lights, graffiti is all but gone, more patrol on the streets, the city looks cleaner and the residents have a sense that the city is improving. Ask around, people will tell you. Think about this for a second, the only people who approved of the job Brady was doing were the people who knew him. I'll bet the rest of the 50,000 residents in the city that do not know him wouldn't be so quick to approve of him. I didn't know him but thought he did a horrendous job at managing Lake Elsinore, and his pay was higher than the NASA astronaut that went up in space. Go figure. He might have been a nice guy but nice guys do not make good leaders, they make good followers. A good leader doesn't have a revolving door like Brady claimed to have. A good leader has to make decisions that are sure to anger many people, so therefore can not and should not have an open door policy. You're friend Brady is probably the life of the party and one hell of a guy, but a leader he is not. I spent too many years in the Marine Corps leading Marines to allow you to falsely claim Brady as a proficient leader...he wasn't.
jill smith October 16, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Ha,Ha Ha Thankyou David lol! Ha,Ha Ha. LER is against everything, ha hha ha.
jill smith October 16, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Great comment David I agree, and the people of Elsinore will too, their not as dumb as LER thinks. 8 years pissed away with Brady! Thanks Bob Maghee, small town thinker.


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