- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City’s Historic Preservation Commission has denied a demolition permit for a house that its new owner says has been destroyed by cat urine.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says (https://icp-c.com/1A9J7If ) the commission voted 8-0 Thursday to deny a permit to owner Mike Oliveira, of Prestige Property, to raze the house in the Brown Street Historic District.

Oliveira says the previous owner allowed more than 20 cats to live in the house for years, and the animal waste had permeated and rotted the home’s surfaces. Oliviera said that even with substantial renovations, the health hazards to future occupants could not be mitigated.

But the commission disputed that assessment, saying there are other measures that can be taken to clean up the damage.

Oliviera can appeal to the city council.


Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/

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