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City demolishing buildings deemed unfit
McMinnville Public Works Department employees knocked down and removed two unfit structures at the request of the city Planning and Zoning Department. The houses were located on 103 and 105 Morningside Street. Pictured is 105 Morningside being demolished.

The city of McMinnville demolished two unfit structures on Morningside Street and has its sights set on two more.
Removed on Tuesday were 103 and 105 Morningside, adjacent properties.
“We are taking down two structures today,” said McMinnville Planning and Zoning Department director Nolan Ming. “There are a couple more that we are looking at but we need a little more time. We have a court date set.”
Before the city can remove an unfit structure on private property, it must obtain a removal order from city court. If a judge paves the way, removed later will be the next two structures on that side of the street – 107 and 109 Morningside.
“The owners of 107 are attempting to do work to the home,” said Ming. “The work they are doing isn’t up to code. We finally had to issue a stop-work order. Now, it will be up to the judge to decide what should happen next with that structure.”
No work is being done to 109. It has been condemned and part of the roof is missing. However, a judge must still issue a removal order.
These two houses make five that the city has removed in 2017.