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'Dangerous' house sold, to be rehabbed

By Stephen Betts | Nov 22, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts 13-15 State St. in Rockland

Rockland — A State Street duplex that was declared an abandoned and dangerous structure three years ago by the Rockland City Council has a new owner who plans to repair the building.

Bruce Fulford of Dallas, Texas, purchased 13-15 State St. Sept. 30 from Federal National Mortgage Association, also known as Fannie Mae, for $32,866.

Rockland Code Enforcement Officer Adam Ackor said the new owner plans to repair the duplex and live in one of the residences.

The City Council voted unanimously in December 2017 to declare the property an abandoned and dangerous building, and gave the mortgage holder 60 days to submit plans for how it will immediately repair or demolish the building.

The mortgage company never followed through on repairs and the city never followed through on demolition.

The city received its first complaint about the two-unit State Street building in July 2016, and sent a formal notice of violation to the owner in February 2017. The residential property has not been occupied since 2012.

The duplex was built around 1870 with nearly 1,900 square feet of living space situated on one seventh of an acre. The property was purchased in 2004 for $115,000 by Theodore Eaton, who lost it in a bank foreclosure to Fannie Mae.

The supporting timbers on the southeast side of the house are decaying badly, there was significant black and white mold growing inside from a leaky roof, portions of the cellar are open, allowing rodents and small animals to enter, according to an August 2017 report by the code office.

The city has the property assessed at $66,800.

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