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Roach infestation leads to condemnation

October 16, 1997

A Hagerstown apartment infested with cockroaches was condemned last month, causing a family of six to relocate, a city official said.

City Building Inspector Mike Heyser said the city condemned 115 High St. for sanitation reasons and because the apartment wasn't big enough for the family, which included four children.

The one-bedroom apartment has a walk-in closet that had been turned into a bedroom, Heyser said.

There were major sewage leaks in the dirt basement, he said.

Heyser said a notice of intended condemnation was posted on Aug. 18 before the apartment house was condemned on Sept. 23. The second-floor apartment had been vacant, he said.

J.R.V. Properties owns the apartment house. Partner James DeYoung had no comment.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said the mayor and City Council have discussed doing something with the property to clean it up for the neighborhood.

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One possibility could be buying the property and selling or giving it to Habitat for Humanity to raze and build a new home, city officials said.

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