City to sell four vacant lots to rehab company

Photo by Sue Suchyta Builder Musa Shohatee (second from left) and administrator Rose Dakroub of National Construction discuss the four houses they hope to build on vacant lots which they are buying from the city for $3,000 each, while Councilman Steven Densmore (left), Councilwoman Nicole Barnes (fourth from left), City Clerk Diana Zarazua, Mayor Stacy Bazman and City Attorney Lawrence Coogan listen at the Oct. 17 City Council meeting.

Photo by Sue Suchyta
Builder Musa Shohatee (second from left) and administrator Rose Dakroub of National Construction discuss the four houses they hope to build on vacant lots which they are buying from the city for $3,000 each, while Councilman Steven Densmore (left), Councilwoman Nicole Barnes (fourth from left), City Clerk Diana Zarazua, Mayor Stacy Bazman and City Attorney Lawrence Coogan listen at the Oct. 17 City Council meeting.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – The City Council approved the sale of four vacant lots to National Construction for new house construction Oct. 17, hoping it will put the properties back on the tax rolls.

The council approved the sale of four lots, for $3,000 each, to Musa Shohatee of National Construction Inc.

Building Official Brad Burns said the four lots are adjoining in pairs, with two at 18886 and 18900 Wood St., and two lots at 17346 and 17352 Harman.

National Construction official Rose Dakroub said she believed the lot price was fair based on the value that will be added to them.

“We want to start creating a new scheme for the neighborhood,” Dakroub said.

Builder Musa Shohatee of National Construction said ground will be broken and foundations poured in April once weather permits.

Burns said National Construction must obtain a building permit by April 1, after which it will have 18 months to complete the four houses.

Mayor Stacy Bazman said she hopes the new residential construction will be a positive addition for the city.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)

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