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ST. JOSEPH, Mich – A problem house in St. Joseph, Michigan may finally be gone from the neighborhood soon. 

The house on the corner of Niles and Hoyt has been known in the area as the “tarp house” due to its dilapidated conditions and the tarp that hangs on the roof. 

“It’s decreasing the value of the surrounding homes and it’s unsafe,” neighbor Annie Fulmer said. 

The home has been in litigation with the city since early 2017.

The home has half of the room missing, has failed numerous inspections and has sat vacant for years. 

“There are some children that live in the area and they’ve had some ladders out or an extended period of time which isn’t safe not to mention you can hear the tarp flapping in the wind all the time,” Fulmer said. 

The city has received a judgement from Michigan court’s ruling that the owner has until Thursday to demolish the home. 

“The property owner has until tomorrow to have the home demolished and that has not happened, there hasn’t been anything started at this point in time,” St. Joseph City Attorney Laurie Schmidt said. 

The city said if the owner doesn’t comply they will begin the process of getting the home demolished then bill the owner or place a lien on the home if the charges are not paid. 

“I anticipate that the house will no longer be there a year from now and that we would have the demolition complete. 

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Ronemcg 25 days ago
Welcome to Saint Joseph, where the community doesnt care about the people in need of they don't help the city get that "Top 50 places to live" designation. I have a couple dents in my truck.. Is the city going to take it because it's an eyesore? There are ladders on the people's property? Do you not keep track of your kids? C'mon now.
StuartWarren 25 days ago
Ironic that St Joe's mayor runs his parents roofing business and lives only 2 blocks away, yet was comfortable enough with this eyesore at a major intersection, that he didn't address code enforcement not doing their job before things got this bad. Did anyone from the city ever negotiate with the owner to purchase the house, and get it into the hands of a rehabber? Of course not. Too much fun spending money on legal defense and tearing things down. God forbid anyone would ever renovate the house. That involves work.
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