The City of Oak Ridge initiated demolition of a property located at 759 W.
Outer Drive, after the owners refused to comply with repeated requests to bring the property up
to code. The Board of Building and Housing Code Appeals declared the structure Unfit for
Human Occupation and Use and ordered it demolished in June 2011.

After several additional attempts to get the property owners or responsible persons to comply,
the City initiated pre-demolition activities as required by local, state and federal law. The
property was environmentally tested on May 18, 2012 and cleared on July 13, 2012 by
Quantum Environmental and Engineering Services, LLC (QE2), and was environmentally
abated Helton and Associates as a subcontract to Bobby Adkins Construction for demolition.
Actual demolition began on July 16, 2012 and is estimated to be completed by July 18, 2012,
with the lot restored to a clean and useable condition

The City’s Office of Code Enforcement began addressing violations at this address in 2001. The
property has been before the Board of Building and Housing Code Appeals in 2002 and again in
2007 for non-compliance with housing code violations. The City has routinely mowed the grass
and responded to numerous complaints, with no cooperation from the owners of record or
responsible persons. There are both public and private liens against this property exceeding
$19,000.00, not including what is about to be placed for the demolition work performed by the
City.

The owners will be billed for all work performed by the City of Oak Ridge. If not paid in 30 days,
the City will place a lien against the property as required by law.

Under current city ordinance, actual nuisance demolition in the City of Oak Ridge takes
approximately 120 days at minimum to complete. Funding for the demolition comes from the
city’s nuisance abatement code enforcement fund.

For more information, contact the Community Development Department at (865) 425-3532

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