Greg Beeler, the owner of a property on Elm Street, updated the Richmond Codes Enforcement Board on progress he is making on bringing the structure up to code at Wednesday's meeting.
Codes Enforcement Director Philip Williams said the codes' office and Beeler had been in contact and that he had been continuing to work on his property, noting that the owner had painted the exterior of the home, "making progress."
"He has been doing it himself, and I really think that it will get there," Williams said.
Beeler himself said he is residing in the house and working on it himself.
"It looks good … I am working on the inside as well," he said. "I will get it straightened up, hopefully. I will eventually."
Board member Michael Bryant agreed with Beeler and Williams saying the Elm Street property "looks pretty good."
City Attorney Garrett Fowels advised Beeler to "keep it going" in reference to his progress.
The board requested to see him for a progress review at its June meeting.
Next, a property on Parrish Avenue owned by Kenneth Meadows, who was supposed to clean up the outside and do work to the kitchen and bathroom, was discussed. Williams said he hadn't really seen work get done.
Meadows, who resides in Virginia Beach, said he has cleaned up the shrubs, worked on the gutters, removed clutter from the front and back porches of the property and has a majority of the inside cleaned out "from what was left by vagrants."
He explained the windows and doors were still boarded up, and the home hasn't had any evidence of people trying to go in and out in over a year and a half, until the previous Saturday, when the property was vandalized.
"I have filed the police report, and I have spoken with the police chief myself about increasing patrols around that area," Meadows said. "They know that if they see anyone on my property that they are not supposed to be there."
Meadows, who hopes to have the home as a retirement home for himself later on, requested the board ask he not be seen back until August, or it would put "a lot of pressure on him."
"Were going to work with you, the codes enforcement department and the ordinance officers. We are going to encourage you to repair your property," Williams said. "Say the board decides that they don't have to see you for another six months, that doesn't mean that you have six more months to allow those property violations to continue."
Williams warned that during inspections of the property, if Meadows were to have violations, he would be warned and cited.
"So if you leave that property in the condition that it is in, you are going to receive citations," Williams said. "They start at $100, increase to $300 and end at $500, per day … What we want, what the citizens want, is for you to repair your property so that it is not a blight to the community."
Williams told Meadows he would like to see the boards on the windows and doors come down. He also would like residence to be livable so that when Meadows travels into town, he can stay there.
"Can we agree that my property is not a blight to look at? I would think you could look in the area, and there are worse," Meadows said.
"Mr. Meadows you are in front of the codes enforcement board because your property is in violation of property maintenance codes, and it is considered a blight and dilapidated property," Williams said.
The codes board requested to see Meadows back again in August to show updates, and he was encouraged to keep in close contact with the codes enforcement department.