Unless its owners act within 30 days, a Platte County
residence will soon be demolished.
Residents of Parkville's 160-home Misty Woods subdivision
voiced their concerns to the Platte County Commissioners
in a recent public hearing over what they considered to
be a "dangerous structure" in their neighborhood.
The structure in question is a home owned by Danny and
Janice Grogan, located at 6468 N.W. 49th Street in the
Misty Woods subdivision near Parkville.
Foul odors, a deceased dog in the backyard swimming pool,
and a sagging roof convinced neighbors to contact Gale
Cantu of Platte County Planning and Zoning.
According to Cantu, the residence, which has been abandoned
for over six months, is "unsanitary."
Cantu found the "roof to be in disrepair, the windows
broken out, and the guttering inadequate," among
"I consider the house a fire hazard," Cantu
The Grogans were not in attendance at the hearing, but
several neighboring homeowners were present to reinforce
and add to Cantu's description of the home.
Peggy Moritz, the vice-president of the Misty Woods Neighborhood
Association, told the commission of the "big hole"
that used to be the kitchen of the Grogan house and of
the "horrendous odor" that radiates from the
Tammy Childress, another upset neighbor, said she "would
not have bought my home" had she known what the Grogan
house would "turn into."
"It does not represent the Misty Woods subdivision,"
A very emotional Dianne Montgomery, a next door neighbor
of the Grogans, said she "wouldn't let my dogs live
in the Grogan house."
When asked by the commissioners what they wanted done
with the house, Ernest Lee, the president of the Neighborhood
Association, said that in his opinion, the house was beyond
"We offered to help the Grogans several times,"
Lee said, "but they always refused our help. Now,
I think it's too late."
Before the commissioners made their decision at this
week's session, they heard briefly from Steven Lay, representing
Country Wide Mortgage, the company that holds the mortgage
on the Grogan home.
The commissioners then handed down their unanimous ruling
to tear down the structure.
"We have been agonizing over this residence for
months," Presiding Commissioner Betty Knight said
before the ruling was made. "We have deemed the Grogan
residence to be detrimental to the health, safety, and
welfare of the residents of Platte County."
"The Grogans have been completely unresponsive to
any contact," said Commissioner Short. The Grogans
were once again not in attendance at the most recent meeting.
Now the Grogans or "any other interested parties"
have 30 days to demolish, remove, or repair the building.
If one of these requirements is not met, the county will
then step in and demolish the building at a cost to be
assessed to the owners.