Spokane Police to turn 5 West Central nuisance homes into affordable housing

Spokane Police to turn 5 West Central nuisance homes into affordable housing

For the first time ever, the Spokane Police Department has been granted receivership to turn five former nusiance homes into affordable housing.

On Tuesday, SPD entered a stipulated order that granted the department five properties in West Central.

Officer John O’Brien said the five properties have been abandoned and creating dangerous nuisance conditions for over two years.

“This truly is an exceptional win for the community as we will now be able to return five blighted and abandoned properties to productive use,” O’Brien said in a release.

The negotiated agreement will allow the department to rehabilitate the properties rather than spend city resources to enforce the demolition order.

“This was not a fast process and the work is not yet done, but we are optimistic that these five properties will soon be safe and affordable housing in West Central,” O’Brien said.

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