McHenry County government is seeking court approval to demolish the home at 2811 Mytang Avenue in McHenry
Dennis Sanquist explains the situation in this March 7, 2016, email to County Board member Chuck Wheeler:
P[lanning] & D[evelopment] and the SAO [State’s Attorney’s Office], with the approval of the CB [County Board] Chair and P&D Committee Chair, have been seeking a court order to allow the demolition of this structure at county expense.
The judge previously denied our request (and our subsequent appeal) because he determined that we had not adequately proven that the structure could not be repaired and that we had not taken adequate measures to try to reach all possible descendants of the property owner who may have an interest in the property.
P&D has since completed a detailed architects cost estimate of the cost to repair the structure and obtained real estate sales data for the surrounding neighborhood.
We believe this analysis shows that the house repairs would cost more than the final sales value of the repaired home. With this information, the SAO will be refilling the demolition case soon.
If we will the case, we will request County Board approval of funding to demolish the structure and a lean will be placed on the property to recover the cost if/when it is sold.
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Zillow estimates the value of the 1,296 square foot home at $188,160, rather incredible, once one looks at the photo above.
The home was built in 1959.
The County has obtained an estimate of $127,160 to rehabilitate the house.
Last year’s tax bill of $3,338.60 remains unpaid and was bought by a tax buyer. The year before another tax buyer paid the taxes.
The first tax buyer can begin perfecting the title on May 3, 2017.
McHenry Township Assessor Mary Mahady has cut the assessment from $82,270 in 2014 (payable last year) to $35,736 for 2015 (due this year).
The lot without the home is estimated to be worth 5,609.
The couple who lived in the home have died.
Before they died, they deferred the taxes on it, so a lot is owed.
About $32,000 was deferred under the Senior Deferral Program.
$58,373.50 is still owed.
If the County tears down the home, it will have to hire people at Prevailing Wage, so the cost will be substantial.
The likelihood of recovering the demolition cost seems slim.