Property owner battling with city of Brookston to keep home

One property owner in Brookston said the city isn't giving him enough time to revitalize his home before demolishing it.

Posted: Jul 8, 2019 5:27 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2019 6:15 PM

BROOKSTON, Ind. (WLFI)—Randy Yoder said he has been in talks with the city for about six months. Although there's still not a solution.

So he has taken things into his own hands in order to protect his property.

"Anything can look bad doesn't mean it's bad,” said property owner Randy Yoder.

Property owner Randy Yoder tells himself that every day as he's trying to keep the city of Brookston from demolishing his home.

"We thought we'd try to bring it back because maybe the challenge of it,” said Yoder. “We knew it would take a few years."

Yoder's owned this property for four years. He said he has spent more than $10,000 to try and revitalize this home.

"We're re-doing everything they say is wrong with it,” said Yoder. “They're right. That's why we're working on it."

The city's attorney said they have filed a suit to have the home demolished. Yoder said the city claims to have a covenant in place but won't specify what that is. So he's hired his own attorney.

"What do we do you know?” said Yoder. “We're kind of caught and kind of lost once in a while on, well should we just keep going or should we stop."

Tony Monaco has helped Yoder with the home for the past four years. He said he wants the city to let them finish what they started.

"Frankly I just want to get it done,” said Monaco. “I ain't going to go out without an unfinished product."

Neighbor Gwendolyn Korpach says she doesn't have a problem with Yoder taking time to renovate the home.

"Rome wasn't built in a day,” said Korpach. “I mean it takes time. Especially if you're doing it alone."

She said it's important for this home to stay in the community.

"It's a historic home,” said Korpach. “I think it should be preserved. They should give him time to do that."

Yoder said there is work being done and he has big plans for this home.

"It'll be one of the best homes on the block when we are done with it,” said Yoder.

Yoder said he hopes to have most of the visible work done by the fall of this year.

In the meantime, there's no date set for the potential demolition.

That's still being worked out in court.

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