SHEBOYGAN — The City of Sheboygan is looking to buy a south side home then demolish it.
According to the Department of Public Works, the home at 1214 South 11th Street would be demolished in order for the city to repair the east-west alley which is in poor condition. Officials are concerned about a retaining wall built in 1926 that has structural issues.
The alley in question runs from South 12th Street and South 11th Street between Alabama and Kentucky avenues.
City Engineer Ryan Sazama says it is more cost effective to remove the existing house and grade the property instead of building a new retaining wall at a cost of over $80,000. The cost to buy the home, demolish it and grade the property would be around $41,000.
In February, the city’s Common Council authorized City Administrator Darrell Hofland and City Attorney Charles Adams to take necessary action, including the use of eminent domain procedures, to acquire the home.
The owner of the property, Michael L. Aprill of rural Plymouth, has rebuffed attempts by the city to purchase the property directly thus requiring the potential use of eminent domain procedure.