owner is Petr Gnatyk, per Amanda and Ramsey County Property records. On
September 28, 2022, an inspection of the building was conducted, a list of
deficiencies which constitute a nuisance condition was developed and photographs
were taken. An Order to Abate a Nuisance Building was posted on October 11, 2022,
with a compliance date of November 10, 2022. As of this date, the property remains
in a condition which comprises a nuisance as defined by the legislative code.
Taxation has placed an estimated market value of $20,000 on the land and $153,000
on the building. Real estate taxes are current. The vacant building registration fees
were paid by assessment on August 1, 2022. A Code Compliance Inspection was
done on December 22, 2022. As of January 9, 2023, the $5,000 performance deposit
has not been posted. There have been thirty-three Summary Abatement notices
since 2018. There have been sixteen work orders issued for: Garbage/rubbish,
Boarding/securing, Tall grass/weeds, and Snow/ice. Code Enforcement Officers
estimate the cost to repair this structure exceeds $100,000. The estimated cost to
demolish exceeds $35,000.
Moermond: it looks like they purchased in August of 2020.
Yannarelly: there have been consistent issues.
Moermond: so ongoing. When I stopped you a minute ago, you told me you bought
with the hopes of rehabilitating and then covid started.
Petr Gnatyk: my wife had heart failure so we can’t do it anymore. We want to sell.
Lenna Gnatyk: mom is the top priority right now, obviously.
Moermond: you’ve done a couple of things right out of the gates; you got the Code
Compliance Inspection report done. What I am faced with, we need to check with
zoning about whether this can continue to be duplex.
Petr Gnatyk: it is still a duplex according to the paperwork. I have a receipt for the
Code Compliance for doing it as a duplex.
Moermond: right, and when they inspect it they look at the structure itself and how it
was operating. That’s what you bought. One of the things that struck me was we
have a duplex on a lot size of 3,700 square feet. That’s a small lot. The City normally
requires that a duplex is on 5,000 square feet or more. The computer system says it
is a legal nonconforming duplex. If it has been out of compliance for a certain number
of years it reverts to its original zoning, which would be single-family. But that isn’t
always 100 percent the case. I would want to talk to the zoning people, we’ve had
two cases recently with different outcomes. Both cases the folks were able to rehab
as duplexes, one involved more bureaucracy than the other. I wanted to mention it
now before we get too far along.
The other thing about being a registered Vacant Building is the title can’t transfer until
it is fixed or gone. There are people and businesses you can partner with to get this
done. It happens. Things happen that make it no longer possible to do the rehab
themselves. There are people who can do it with you so you can still get some equity
out of the property and hopefully recoup your investment. It sounds like you will need
Petr Gnatyk: so even if a contractor buys it?
Moermond: they could totally buy it. The most common way I’ve seen it is a purchase
agreement—have you bought and sold a lot of properties?
Lenna Gnatyk: we bought it from a bank as is. At the time we assumed we’d be able
to leave it vacant and it would continue to be a Category 2 Vacant Building. We just