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By Sean C. Morgan
Of The New Era 

Demolition of foreclosed ‘problem’ house gladdens neighbors


March 31, 2015

GERRITT SCHAFFER discusses improvements in his neighborhood since the county foreclosed and demolished the house on the property behind him. –– Photo by Sean C. Morgan

The neighborhood around Poplar Street and 11th Avenue is much quieter now in the wake of a foreclosure by Linn County and the demolition of an old house on the corner.

In 2012, neighbor Gerritt Schaffer was fed up with ongoing disruptions from the people living in and visiting the house.

Property tax payments had fallen five years behind by 2012 for 1650 11th Ave. The owner, Dennis Duncan was deceased. The county foreclosed in an accelerated process because the owner wasn’t living in the house at the end of 2012.

In the year up to that point, traffic increased day and night, and Schaf...

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