April 24, 2017
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Fix It: The other abandoned gas station

Shuttered station a continued eyesore


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BY BRIAN PASSINO
bpassino@kenoshanews.com


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Today’s problem:

A Fix It article published Feb. 24, took a look at the abandoned gas station at 704 75th St. The story also mentioned the second famous abandonded gas station at 8004 22nd Ave. in the City of Kenosha. This property was written about in detail in a Fix It article originally published on April 1.

At that time readers Dean and Marilyn Jensen wrote Fix It, “For some time now, the vacant gas station/garage at the corner of 22nd Avenue and 80th Street has sat idle. The exterior of the building is in poor condition as is the parking area and blacktop around the entire building. And one can only guess what is happening inside of the building! From the outside it appears that shelves still have items on them and the floor is littered with junk. The inside is deplorable. Who is responsible for this? If it is no longer going to be used for its intended purpose, then it should be removed. Even the gas price signs let you know that it has been vacant, and not in use for quite sometime. It would be so nice to see the area cleaned up, demolish the building/garage and allow that corner to at least look respectable, especially for the neighboring areas.”

A few items:

The former gas station has U.S. Petroleum, Inc. listed on property tax records as the owner. The mailing address for the owner is the same as the property address.. The property is zoned G2 community business district and last sold in June 2002, for $500,000. The current assessed value is $279,900. The Kenosha County Office of the Treasurer shows past due property taxes of $113,855.05 from 2011 through 2015.

Fix It contacted the City of Kenosha to ask about the current status of the 8004 22nd Ave. property.

Fix It also contacted the alderman whose district this property is in and is looking forward to hearing back from them also.

City responds:

Martha Swartz, Senior Property Maintenance Inspector, Community Development and Inspections for the City of Kenosha, wrote, “In response to your request for information regarding the above referenced property: 8004 22nd Avenue currently has an open order to repair and is under enforcement action. As it has been vacant for more than six months, the owners are required to obtain a Vacant Building Permit.

“Unfortunately, as the Illinois Corporation which holds title to the property has been dissolved, at this time we are unable to pursue the owners in court. In regards to razing the building, per the Wisconsin State Statutes, the cost of the repairs to the building must exceed fifty percent of the assessed value of the building and this property does not meet those requirements. We continue to monitor the property to make sure it remains secure and to look into ways to bring this property into compliance or to raze it.”

Send your ideas our way

: If you have an idea for a future Fix It, please send a note to Fix It at: fixit@kenoshanews.com or call Brian Passino at 656-6330 and select extension 3.


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