A single-family home that fell into foreclosure and was later declared abandoned and vacant at 300 Maple Street in Spring Lake Park has been cleaned up.
The Spring Lake Park City Council last month passed a resolution ordering current property owner Freddie Mac, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, to clean up the property by July 18.
“They cleaned up the property and took the personal equipment and stored it in the garage and sheds and they mowed the grass, accordingly,” Barry Brainard, the city’s code enforcement official, said in a phone interview.
The property eviction is scheduled for July 25, said Brad German, a Freddie Mac spokesperson.
“Once that takes place we’ll be able to get into the property and do an assessment,” German said.
Freddie Mac will then prepare the property for sale.
Certain legal steps needed to be followed before Freddie Mac could proceed, he said.
The city had been receiving complaints about boxes, tires, lumber and an accumulation of furniture, ladders, hoses, recreational equipment and other junk strewn on the Maple Street property.
Tickets were issued to clean up the property before it went into foreclosure earlier this spring.
The house was declared abandoned and vacant April 24, according to Terry Randall, public works director.
The violations, tickets and cleanups continued in an ongoing cycle for about four years, according to Brainard.
Had the property not been cleaned up, the city’s public works department would have done so.
Spring Lake Park, a two-square mile city with a population of about 4,600, issues about three to four abatement notices a year, according to Brainard.
“I think residents believe the city has a lot more power than we actually do to correct these homes,” he said.
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