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The Pierre City Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hughes County Commission to accept a piece of property located at 412 S. Brule Street in Pierre. The City intends to raze the abandoned home located on Brule Street and ready the lot for sale.
John Childs, Pierre City Engineer, says that the agreement eliminates a nuisance property and brings benefit to the entire community.
“The structure is unsafe and unsanitary,” said Childs. “By demolishing the property, we’re removing a hazard from the neighborhood, increasing the value of the lot, and increasing the value of properties surrounding it.”
Childs says that the City’s primary goal is to rid the community of a nuisance property. Though, he says that there are other benefits to the community.
“We know that buildable lots for moderately priced housing in Pierre are in short supply,” said Childs. “Readying this property for sale adds to the inventory of available lots in the community.”
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding made it clear that the City isn’t interested in being in the development business.
“The County acquired the property through the tax deed process. Because of that, they were able to transfer the property to us at no cost,” said Harding. “We believe we can recover the City’s demo and administrative costs with the sale of the property and return it to a tax-producing lot.”
Harding called this situation a win-win.
“If there was great financial risk here, we wouldn’t be pursuing this,” said Harding. “We’re doing this at low cost for the long-term benefit of all the tax payers living in Pierre and in Hughes County.”
The City anticipates the property will be demolished by the end of the year at which time the land will be sold.