- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City officials have granted the owner of a historic mansion one last opportunity to restore the building and save it from demolition.

Owner James Gengler has a week to meet the city’s requirements, the Sioux City City Council decided Monday. If he makes the necessary repairs in time, the building could be spared from demolition.

The 125-year-old building, located in Sioux City’s Rose Hill Historic District, was flagged by the city in August 2013 for severe rot and other structural issues. The city ordered its demolition in late 2014 after Gengler failed to meet basic safety requirements within an initial 180-day allotment. Two additional 90-day periods passed with little to no repair on the home.

Sioux City inspection services supervisor Darrell Bullock told the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1yZ4bPn ) repairs would cost between $30,000 and $50,000 to ensure these safety requirements are met.

Gengler’s plans include erecting a fence around the property and providing council members with proof of a formal agreement to sell the property to Salvatore Carrasco, Gengler’s business associate. Carrasco has agreed to develop a plan to rehabilitate the mansion and prove his financial capability to do so.

As of Monday, Gengler said the only condition he had met was the fence installation.

“It’s just tough when you give people deadlines and the end result is we need even more deadlines,” Mayor Bob Scott said.

Scott and Councilwoman Rhonda Capron said they want to see the house restored, but that the progress thus far has been unimpressive.

“You can’t leave a house standing in that state of dilapidation - someone’s going to get hurt, and someone will be liable for that,” Capron said.

The council will meet Monday to determine whether to grant another extension.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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