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Habitat requests siezed property
The city of McMinnville has demolished three unfit structures located on Higginbotham Road, Mt. Leo Heights and George Huggins Drive in 2017. Consideration is being given to donating the empty lots to Warren County Habitat for Humanity, an organization that helps residents achieve the dream of homeownership. Pictured is demolition which took place at 217 Mt. Leo Heights.

Warren County Habitat for Humanity could benefit from destruction.
Two unfit structures located at 217 Mt. Leo Heights and 210 George Huggins Drive were demolished by the city of McMinnville recently and Habitat members have requested those properties be donated.
The request was made to members of the city Building and Grounds Committee.
Accrued taxes, as well as any interest and penalties, which were owed on the properties by previous owners have been discharged.
Consideration was given to selling the property on George Huggins due to interest shown in purchasing it. City attorney Tim Pirtle urged officials against this because selling will require the city to warranty the title, meaning the city guarantees the new owner has the right to transfer ownership and no one else has rights to the property. Donating the property does not bring this stipulation. 
“One thing you have to keep in mind is giving something away is easy, no warranties are expressed or implied,” said Pirtle. “If you put something to sell at public auction, there are some legal ramifications I would rather avoid, considering the amount of money that’s involved. We are talking about a piece of property with a house on it that was on the tax rolls for less than $5,000. If the city donates the property to Habitat, it would not be giving away anything of significant value. What I’m trying to say is I would not want to warrant the title to the property.”
The property has a checkered past and an awkward layout. It was sold at a tax auction several years ago. The lot is currently too small to meet the city’s setbacks restrictions and any future owner would have to request a variance from the city before a house could be built or purchase adjacent land to enlarge the lot.
“It’s the most illogical thing I’ve ever seen,” said Pirtle, of the property’s layout.
Members approved donating both parcels of land to Habitat. The measure will be sent to the full Board of Mayor and Aldermen for its consideration. Because members also approved donating 131 Higginbotham Road in February, and it has yet to be considered, the three properties will be placed in one ordinance.