Prairie Village council holds hearings, takes action on blighted properties

The Prairie Village city council on Tuesday heard lengthy testimony from developers and community members before deciding on the fate of two properties that had violated city maintenance ordinances for years.

Builder Jeff House of Lenexa pleaded with the council to give him 60 days to try to find a buyer for the plot of land located at 2002 W. 71st Ter., just west of State Line Road, before the city would move ahead with abatement. House and his business colleague received a permit in 2008 to build a two story home on the lot, but were only able to put in a foundation before financial problems halted construction. Since construction stopped, the city has repeatedly noted ordinance violations. This ultimately led city staff to recommended abatement, which would consist of removing the concrete foundation and filling the hole in with dirt.