The leader of the Jefferson City Housing Authority is optimistic that its eminent domain lawsuit against property owner Barbara Buescher will be sucessful and lead to further reclamations of blighted homes.
Buescher has until early March to submit an argument as to why she should maintain ownership of seven properties in the East Capitol Avenue area.
“If this lawsuit comes down on our side, it will mean two separate judges have come to the same decision about these blighted properties,” JCHA Executive Director Cynthia Quetsch said. “Our eventual plan is to reclaim all the abandonded, decrepit properties but we are working on a case-by-case basis.”
The map below shows all of the abandoned properties that are now or were at one time owned by Buescher.
The green icons mark houses that were turned over to the housing authority after a December lawsuit, the orange icons mark the properties that are currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the housing authority and the red icons indicate the rest of the blighted properties that are in Buescher’s ownership.
This link leads to the City of Jefferson’s complete list of abandoned properties, with Buescher’s holdings marked in red.