FOLLOWUP: Demolition day for Charmann Apartments

We mentioned last month that demolition was ahead for the Charmann Apartments at 5917 California SW, long boarded up after a history of complaints. Thomas, who lives nearby, sent the photo and word that the teardown is under way today. As reported here in February, a redevelopment proposal is in the works for the site – eight townhouses.

13 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Demolition day for Charmann Apartments"

  • DB Coop October 3, 2018 (12:18 pm)

    All in the name of affordable housing I presume? Let me guess, the new townhomes will start at $700K.

  • Swede. October 3, 2018 (1:14 pm)

    They paid $1.25 million for the land, add in demo and construction costs of the eight townhouse and they’ll be around $2-2.3 millions so yes, DB Coop, $700-1 millon/each sounds about right.

    • wetone October 3, 2018 (5:17 pm)

      I believe your a little low on purchase price. Sad story with this property, could of been rehabbed a few years ago keeping lower rents in the area, but city nixed that…

      • Swede. October 3, 2018 (6:28 pm)

        You are right, it was $1.325.000

  • Chuck October 3, 2018 (1:19 pm)

    That fence looks to be in good shape. Can I have it? :)

  • jm18 October 3, 2018 (3:05 pm)

    I believe these apartments were pretty bad, not liveable. Why the complaint of any kind of housing? It’s housing.

    • Swede. October 3, 2018 (4:24 pm)

      You are correct. That building been condemned and unoccupied for years.

  • Jon Wright October 3, 2018 (4:15 pm)

    I shudder to think how many rats this demolition sent scurrying out into the neighborhood!

  • valvashon October 4, 2018 (6:53 am)

    Surprising to see only two articles on WSB about this place. It’s been vacant since apparently 2011 and a source of complaints for years. Seems as if the DPD would go after them for a year or so and then a year of no records; this continued until the multiple records this year as the demo and replacement plan started in earnest. Built in 1967, it seemed to last just over 40 years. A shame, I bet it was pretty cool looking inside for a while. Guessing lousy tenants (they’re out there; wife and I managed an apartment building) and a lack of $ for maintenance did it in.

    • WSB October 4, 2018 (9:06 am)

      We are very much driven by tips and questions and I don’t recall this really having generated either over the years. However, since you mention it: The city had a longrunning abatement situation going, at least at some point. It was brought up by the former precinct liaison at a meeting a few years back. I tried to follow up but at that time there was nothing on the record and they weren’t ready to talk about it – I kept asking for a while but eventually it fell off my list. I just checked records for the person listed as the now-former owner and there is nothing so perhaps it wound up as an agreement rather than litigation. – TR

    • flimflam October 4, 2018 (6:03 pm)

      wild that a building can sit vacant for that long…especially in this city. thanks for the info, valvashon.

  • Rick October 4, 2018 (12:01 pm)

    You know it’s all about the dollar.

  • Carolyn Brady October 5, 2018 (8:03 pm)

    I wonder if the city paid anything to the guy who owned the building?

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