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 email@example.com, (951) 674-3124 ext. 270, or Bill Belvin (Building & Safety Official) at firstname.lastname@example.org, (951) 674-3124 ext. 286.