BRAWLEY – The abandoned house in the 200 block of J Street in Brawley will be either torn down or cleaned up.
For years the overgrown, unkempt house has been a thorn in the side of the City of Brawley, especially the neighborhood of J Street. Even today, the house sits empty and looks unsightly.
According to the City of Brawley’s new attorney Bill Smerdon, things are happening quickly to finally get the property cleaned up.
“Some bids have come in to either tear down the house or clean it up,” said Smerdon. “Local investors are burning up my phone trying to acquire the property as is. The court appointed Receiver has the job to get this done and he is weighing all of the options to present to the Superior Court. I have asked him to bring the option that doesn’t cost the City of Brawley any money, because some would.”
Action will come quick.
The Receiver is under the supervision of the Superior Court.
“He answers to them, not the City of Brawley,” said Smerdon. “I am in contact with him several times a week to let him know how important this is. It is moving forward.”
The City has two liens against the property.
The owner is in intensive care in San Diego. He was severely beaten a few months ago and is not expected to ever be able to live without constant health care.