Sale of Abandoned Affordable Housing Welcomed by Wichita Neighborhood
October 9, 2023
The city of Wichita held another round of open houses Sunday for 13 city-owned properties. People living near one of the homes said the effort to sell the property is welcome.
2002 Poplar Street in southeast Wichita has some neighbors concerned. They say it has become a draw for squatters and crime.
“Everyone in the neighborhood has been watching this property to see what happens with it,” said Jon Buck, Mead Neighborhood Association vice president.
An open house marked the perfect opportunity to scope it out.
“Overall, I think it’s gonna be an easy flip for someone,” Buck said. “I would consider it if I could come up with the funding and the knowledge to do it.”
“For a long time, the garage door was unlocked, so we had people sleeping in the garage for months,” Buck said.
Claude Hephner has been living a block away from the abandoned house for years.
“It’s the first house you see, and that sets a tone for this area,” Hephner said.
The potential sale of the property comes as a relief for Hephner.
“Somebody has stolen the air conditioning and whatever else might be gone from the place,” Hephner said. “Part of the fence is missing.”
Both Hephner and Buck hope the home is bought by someone who plans to live in it instead of a property manager who would fix the place up and then rent it out.
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