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'Dangerous' home built in 1900 saved from demolition by last-minute rehabilitation plans

A new owner has purchased the home at 812 Seventh St. N. at auction and been granted by the Fargo City Commission 180 days to repair the home in efforts to save the house from demolition.

Exterior of home.
Home located at 812 7 St. N, Fargo.
Submitted photo / City of Fargo
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FARGO — A dangerous home in Fargo has been granted a 180-day stay-of-execution to allow its new owner time to repair the home.

The Fargo City Commission voted back in October that the structure must be demolished prior to Dec. 30 after they declared the house, located at 812 Seventh St. N., a dangerous building.

However, Brian Trauman purchased the property at auction on Nov. 15 and plans to repair the home, according to Inspections Director Shawn Ouradnik.

The commission on Monday, Nov. 28, voted to extend the home’s removal date to give Trauman 180 days to repair the property and save it from demolition.

The 1,952-square-foot two-story home and attached garage is currently classified as uninhabitable due to its condition.

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The damage to the home is extensive, with a possible infestation of pests, a rotting porch, leaking roof and slumping sides, according to documents from the Oct. 31 meeting.

Similar to other dangerous buildings, there have been reports of squatter activity in the home and neighborhood phone calls to local police.

Taxes hadn’t been paid on the property since 2019, according to Ouradnik, and there’s been no water use for two years. The building met nine of the 10 qualifications for a dangerous building back in October.

The city was unable to contact the home’s previous owner because they reside in an assisted living facility that wouldn’t grant the city direct access to the owner, according to Ouradnik.

Ouradnik credited the “extenuating circumstances” of the home’s new ownership as a primary reason for the 180-day extension.

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