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Ottawa drops bid price on blighted home to $5k

The city of Ottawa is offering this house at 703 E. Joliet St. for sale by written bid of at least $5,000.
The city of Ottawa is offering this house at 703 E. Joliet St. for sale by written bid of at least $5,000.

A blighted house Ottawa officials hoped to see rehabbed is now up for sale by written bid with a minimum price of $5,000.

The city acquired the house at 703 E. Joliet St. through its ongoing blight reduction program, which is cleaning up troubled properties throughout town.

The city had previously tried to sell the house by auction last February, but there were no bidders. The minimum price then was $8,000.

The house’s exterior woodwork is a rare example of the Victorian stick style architecture popular from 1860 to 1890.

Inside there is elaborate varnished window molding, trim and floors in the front parlor. More wood floors and other restorable features were discovered elsewhere.

The corner lot is 56 by 123 feet. The property includes a garage with a double-door opening deep enough to hold four vehicles.

Despite some nice features, the house, derelict for some time, is in rough condition inside. Much work will be necessary to restore it to livability.

Bids are due to the Ottawa City Clerk by 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 4. Bids also must include the development proposal for the property and meet other qualifications.

For additional information, call Ottawa City Planner Tami Huftel at 815-433-0164.

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