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1940s house in north Fargo doomed for demolition given 2nd chance at life – InForum

FARGO — A home originally scheduled for demolition by December 30 has been given as a holiday gift in the form of a developer attempting to revitalize the structure from the 1940s.

PPH Mortgage Corporation LLC was granted a stay of execution to demolish the building to give them time to secure the property, obtain the necessary permits and repair the building at 509 21st St. N. in Fargo, the authorities said city ​​documents.

Emily Walter, who represents the mortgage company, asked the Fargo City Commission Monday, December 12, to grant her request to postpone demolition so her company could have time to put the property back in order.

White house and garage with boarded up windows, different angles.

The exterior of the home at 509 21st St. N. in Fargo. The house is being repaired by PPH Mortgage Corporation.

Contributed / City of Fargo

PPH Mortgage is pursuing a motion for foreclosure against the property, Walter said. They plan to secure ownership within the next few months. At the same time, they are working to get permits and hire a contractor, Walter said.

The city government granted them an extension until June 1, 2023.

Expansion depends on their ability to secure ownership. At this point, the new owners are responsible for correcting the issues identified by the city in its rationale for designating the property as a hazardous building.

If repairs are not completed, the city will proceed with demolition on or after June 1, according to documents.

Originally declared a dangerous home by the city commission at its Oct. 31 meeting, the 870-square-foot, one-story home has sat empty since June after the listed occupant died, according to city documents.

Inspection chief Shawn Ouradnik told the commission in October that the building met five of the ten criteria for a dangerous building.

Property damage included a variety of structural damage, as well as evidence of people crouching in the vacant home and a call to Fargo Police in July about “suspicious activity near the home.” A neighbor told police he believed people were breaking into the vacant house.

When police arrived at the property, police found that the back door had been forced open, the “house ransacked and the vehicle in the garage robbed,” the memo said.

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