The city rapidly hired Vickers Wrecking and Demolition to raze the remains at a cost of $186,000.
The city filed a lawsuit Nov. 1 in Butler County Common Pleas Court seeking a judgment requiring Coast Blvd Associates to reimburse it. County Auditor’s records show that on Nov. 25, the property was sold to Laurel Trust LLC of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Richardson said afterward he appeared on behalf of Laurel Trust because it is the current owner.
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Asked whether Laurel Trust will contest a lien on the property, he said, “That’s something I can’t comment on. It’s pending litigation, so I can’t comment on that.”
Magistrate Lynn Busch-Heyman held a brief status hearing Thursday, and Richardson told her, “My client recognizes that the property needs to be sold, one way or another, whether through the foreclosure process or a private sale.”
No resolution was reached Thursday, but Busch-Heyman said she plans to hold another status meeting in about two months.
Lawyer Austin Musser, representing Hamilton, said he could not comment on the case.