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City Council approves purchase of 8 more homes on sinking street

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock City Council unanimously approved the purchase of eight more lots along the sinking part of 98th Street. In April 2010, the City of Lubbock the city thought they may only have to purchase two to three homes. Now 26 properties later and it's an even bigger problem than expected.

The city has set aside nearly $8 million to fix the problem, which is blamed on a late 1990's sewer project.  The sinking dirt had damaged stretches of pavement along 98th street and threatens to damage homes.  

In Thursday's meeting, the City Council approved the buyout of eight more homeowners (for a total of 23 homes), with agreed payments as follows:

  • $153,000, plus moving expenses and closing costs to Christopher Gray and Kap Pun Gray for the acquisition 9802 Bangor Avenue.
  • $156,500, plus moving expenses and closing costs to Lindsey H. Williams for the acquisition of 9802 Clinton Avenue.
  • $157,000, plus moving expenses and closing costs to Betzabe E. Ibarra for the acquisition of 9801 Bangor Avenue.
  • $91,000, plus moving expenses and closing costs to Kim R. Craig, d/b/a Kim Craig Construction, for the acquisition of 9801 Huron Avenue.
  • $142,000, plus moving expenses and closing costs to Lynn Bolton and wife, Christi Bolton, for the acquisition of 9802 Belmont Avenue.
  • $125,000, plus moving expenses and closing costs to Russell Michael DeWaters for the acquisition of 9802 Beaufort Avenue.
  • $158,000, plus moving expenses and closing costs to Bonnie E. Jackson for the acquisition of 9801 Beaufort Avenue.
  • $133,000, plus moving expenses and closing costs to William C. Lowrie and wife, Judy Lowrie, for the acquisition of 9801 Clinton Avenue

The City of Lubbock has put six of the 23 up for sale. However, the land the house is sitting on is not part of the deal. The buyer would have to move the house.  Bid documents say, "The successful bidder will be responsible for the removal of all improvements located on the property, either by moving of the complete structure or by structure demolition, removal, and lot cleanup (after salvage of desired materials, equipment, fixtures, etc.)."

Public records say you can bid on any one of the homes, or all six of them.  Likewise, the city can sell the homes separately or all-together.   Those same public records say homes "must be removed from site within 90 days".

The homes up for bid are: 9801 Dover Ave, 9802 Dover Ave, 9802 Colton Ave, 9802 Elkhart Ave, 9802 Genoa Ave, and 9801 Colton Ave. 

In order to bid,  click here and create an account.  Then go to the search tab and choose Texas --> City of Lubbock.  The bid is called Sale and Removal of Residential Improvements on 98th, and it's due on October 19th.

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