Foreclosed home to be rehabilitated by St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 8, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — A house acquired by the city of St. Clair Shores as a result of the 2018 Tax Foreclosure Program on Englehardt Street will be rehabilitated by Metro Trades for $74,925.

The city acquired the property for $12,568 from the Macomb County Treasurer’s Office in July 2018 as part of a package of two homes and four vacant parcels seized for back taxes.

“It was full of personal effects that were left behind,” said Community Development and Inspection Director Chris Rayes at the March 4 City Council meeting. “The basement was leaking at the time, so most of this stuff was soaking in water.”

He said the city had to pay more than $2,000 to have the house emptied before being able to assess what needed to be done to the property. Repairs needed to the house include new gutters, new siding on the dormer, new shingles on the house and garage, refinished hardwood flooring, new electrical outlets, a new bathroom on the second floor, extensive renovations to the kitchen and more. The city also included an alternate that the companies could bid on that included renovating the bathroom on the main floor.

The selected contractor, Metro Trades, bid $3,800 to redo the bathroom.

“We feel for the amount of work, it would be more fitting to complete it for the $3,800 more,” Rayes said.

Councilman Peter Accica agreed.

“I think you have to redo the main floor bathroom for $3,800. You’re going to recoup $15,000, $18,000, just on that bathroom,” he said.

Councilman Chris Vitale, who toured the home with Accica and city employees, agreed.

The bathroom, he said, “makes a difference between somebody who can move into this house and say it’s done, and somebody who says it’s almost done.”

“That rules out a lot of buyers. I think we need to go the extra mile on it,” he added.

The City Council voted 5-1 to award the bids to Metro Trades, with Councilwoman Candice Rusie casting the lone dissenting vote. Councilman John Caron was excused absent from the March 4 meeting.