After years of watching a Wroxton Street house fall into disrepair, West U residents may soon see a vacant house turn into a home.
City Council was prepared to discuss matters related to substandard and non-compliant structures during its Monday night meeting after receiving many complaints about property at 2932 Wroxton.
The house, which appears to be vacant, has boards covering the windows and is need of several repairs.
Council had planned to discuss what they could do about the Wroxton Street property and other homes in the city that fall into disrepair.
“I think we need to look at this broader,” Councilmember Steven Segal said.
David Winks, a Wroxton Street resident who has lived in West U since 2007, addressed council about the condition of the home.
He said believed the property at 2932 Wroxton has been vacant since the 90s and hasn’t had electricity for the last six years.
Winks wanted to know what the city could do about the home since the owner did not appear to be taking care of it.
After Winks made his comments to council, the owner of the property came forward to speak to council.
“I am aware of the condition of the property,” Jim Ely, owner of 2932 Wroxton said. “It has been vacant.”
Council did not seem to know that Ely was going to be present at the meeting and asked him how long the home has been vacant.
Ely said he could not recall the last time the home had been occupied and that he held onto it as an investment.
Ely said the issues with the house are being addressed and he has been issued a violation.
The house was found to have 16 violations, West U Chief Building Official John Brown said.
To view the list of violations, click here.
Brown said the detached garage and walls are not in good repair, steel pipes need to be painted and the exterior of the house is not well maintained in good repair.
“Nobody’s lived there and taken care of it,” Brown told InstantNewsWestU. “It needs to be lived in; it needs to be fixed up.”
Ely said he is currently in the process of selling the house and that it is in escrow and should be closing this week.
Ely’s potential buyer, Vernon Tyger, a Houston resident, was also at the meeting and said he plans on living in the house.
Tyger said the water is currently on at the house, but the power if off at the switch.
He said the house was inspected and he intends to take out the sheet rock and replace the windows and doors, among other things.
Tyger said he was drawn to the architecture of the house and hopes to close on it in the next 30 days.
“If I lived two doors down I’d be mad as hell,” Councilmember George Boehme said. “The boarded up windows are unsightly.”
Segal said if the deal falls through the owner should be required to make the changes to the house.