Long-vacant East Isles house under demolition

On a below-zero day this winter, East Isles residents huddled outside 2208 Irving Ave. S. with Ross Fefercorn, a local developer and owner of the home.

Fefercorn told neighbors he planned to tear down the house, and expected that he or another owner would build a new single-family home on the site. He declined to comment for the story.

The property has been on the city’s vacant building list since late 2007.

Neighbors had expressed concerns to the city about the condition of the house for at least seven years, citing empty wine bottles, property maintenance issues, and the potential for lowered home values.

A city staff member told the East Isles Residents Association in 2012 that the owner had paid $29,000 in fees and fines since the property became vacant, according to meeting minutes.

Neighbors said they hope that when the house is torn down, the lot does not remain vacant for long.