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Property to be demolished at 5218 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Blighted Oak Park apartment to be demolished Thursday

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014 - 11:39 am

A 15-unit apartment complex in Oak Park, recently declared a public nuisance by the Sacramento Superior Court, will be demolished Thursday by the property owner.

The court-ordered demolition is a result of a lawsuit by the recently relaunched Justice For Neighbors (JFN) program, a city initiative to target blighted properties that threaten neighborhood health and security. Begun in 2006, JFN was placed on hiatus after 2011 but was reopened this year.

The blighted property at 5218 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. “threatens the health and safety of the public” and forces the city to expend resources responding to fires and criminal activity, according to a city press release.

The property owner resolved the lawsuit by agreeing to demolish the apartment at an estimated cost of $90,000. The owner will also pay city penalties of nearly $30,000.

Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer and Sacramento police will hold a press conference at the apartment building at 11 a.m. on Wednesday to discuss the JFN program and the demolition.

Call The Bee’s Isabelle Taft, (916)-321-1101.

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