A dangerous eyesore on the west side of Big Rapids may be taken care of soon. The City of Big Rapids purchased the property at 717 Finley Avenue earlier this year after the house was gutted by fire. City Manager Mark Gifford says it was in the best interest of he city to handle the problem and the property was transferred to the Big Rapids Housing Commission for resolution during Monday's meeting.
Housing Director Mark Sochoki says they may hold onto the property for future development or other options.
“We'll take a hard look at all the potential disposition options and see what fits best.”
But, he notes, one option is urgent.
“I think it's important, though, that we get it down quickly.”
Sochoki says the Housing Commission is willing to front the cost of demolition in order to get rid of the building as soon as possible.