Nuisance Property In Banning Cleared, Commercial Development Sought

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BANNING, CA — After 18 years of code violations, derelict structures on a 2-acre property in Banning were demolished.

The city announced Tuesday it had completed the tear-down at 2735 West Lincoln Street. According to Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s records, there were two single-family homes on the lot — a one-bedroom 576-square-foot building constructed in 1950 and a two-bedroom 816-square-foot structure in 1962. The property was last sold June 9, 1989, for $7,000, the records show.

The image above shows the property at 2735 West Lincoln Street.

The city tried to get voluntary compliance from the property owner to correct code violations that piled up over the years — since March 2005 — but to no avail, according to Banning officials.

The property was in receivership, the last straw for a nuisance property. Receiverships most often occur when a property is abandoned, occupied by squatters, run by a slumlord, the owner dies, or some other reason in which typical code enforcement efforts don’t work.

A receiver is a neutral agent of the court who takes full charge of a nuisance property. According to the city, the receiver oversaw the demolition of the West Lincoln Street property.

On May 25, the city issued a Notice and Order to Repair/Abate/Demolish reimbursement of $10,474.73 to the property owner of record for costs incurred by the city. By Nov. 20, the demolition was completed, the city reported.

“All initial costs incurred by the city will be re-reimbursed by the receiver through the property owner or at the sale of the property, to repay attorney fees and city employee fees,” according to the city.

County records show the property was assessed at $142,452 during the 2023 tax year.

There are plans for the property now that it’s been cleared.

“The city of Banning is looking forward to future commercial development on this property that will add sales tax revenue and provide well-paying jobs for our residents,” Banning Economic Development Manager Marisol Lopez said. “We can certainly look to the future with optimism as we continue to pave the way for new development by removing existing blight throughout the community.”

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