The city of Bicknell is hoping to demolish eight blighted properties before the end of the year. Four of those houses were bought at the commissioner’s tax sale in March and they expect to get the tax deeds for those estates within three to four weeks. The other four properties were bought from individuals and the city expects to close on them soon. By December, they hope to have eight demolished. The eight properties being destroyed are on a list that includes a total of eighteen houses the city hopes to eventually tear down.
Bicknell city attorney Michael Edwards explains if a house on the list cannot be acquired, the state has allowed them to swap it out for a different blighted home.
What was once a finishing date of April, the deadline has recently been extended to August of 2016 to demolish all of the homes.