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March 1, 2018

Redevelopment Success Story

The City of Bryan’s Building and Standards Commission hears and determines cases concerning alleged violations of city ordinances, and makes rulings on the safety of various structures. A property once condemned by the Commission now stands as one of Bryan’s most recent success stories.

In October 2015, Bryan’s Assistant Fire Marshal visited the property located at 1500 North Washington Avenue in response to visible structural damage and code violations. The Fire Marshal noticed that the single-family home located on the subject property appeared to be unsecured and in dilapidated condition.

Street View of 1500 North Washington Ave in 2016

Street View of 1500 North Washington Ave in 2016

After reaching out to the property owner and current tenant, an administrative search warrant was issued for the home.  A building inspection followed, and described the structure as “too far gone,” citing extensive damage to the foundation, walls, and ceiling, and a need for complete replacement of electrical systems and interior and exterior finishes. Both the Chief Building Official and the Fire Marshal determined that the building was dangerous and a hazard to public health, and needed to be demolished.

Bryan’s Building and Standards Commission considered the property in April 2016, and found the home to be unsafe, likely to partially or fully collapse, and unable to be feasibly repaired in compliance with City ordinance. They upheld the recommendation of staff and issued an order to demolish the building and remove all debris within 30 days.

Following the demolition of the home, the property was then sold to a new owner, and in 2017 this once-neglected property was replaced with a brand new single-family residence (shown below).

Current Street View of 1500 North Washington Ave

Current Street View of 1500 North Washington Ave.

Click here to learn more about the Building and Standards Commission, or contact the Planning and Development Services Department at planning@bryantx.gov or 979-209-5030.

 
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