Marrion eyesore will be focus of citys dangerous building fund this year

first_imgMARRION — Jim Faull and Ed McMillan’s street in the Marrion neighborhood is the kind where neighbors keep their yards mowed, folks hang signs proclaiming “Welcome!” and flag poles dot the landscape.Then there’s the house that they jokingly call “The Castle.” It’s been almost two years since they’ve seen the owner — she got into a car carrying suitcases, they say, and never came back.Now, raccoons and opossums are the only ones to call it home. The Castle’s not just overgrown — it’s a jungle in there. Blackberries climb halfway up the two-story home. There’s a hole in the roof. It wasn’t maintained before the owner, Deborah Hansen, disappeared. But it’s gotten worse.“This house has been in violation of city codes for years,” Faull said. “I just had not done anything with the city until she abandoned the place.”Faull started filing complaints in October 2009. Just last month, he got action.Vancouver building officials have posted signs on the house, on Northeast 16th Street, saying it’s uninhabitable. Hansen had until today to either respond or demolish the house and its excessive shrubbery.last_img read more