Want to ask a question? Click here

Why do county officials allow abandoned houses in Ogden to stand?

John Peaspanen

Q. There are four houses around the Scotchman gas station in Ogden (New Hanover County on U.S. 17) that are abandoned. Why do county officials allow these houses on one of the main gateways to Wilmington? One was the Ogden Inn years ago as a bar and restaurant. The inn should have been torn down years ago.

 A. The structures are not located on government-owned lands. In short, as long as they do not threaten public safety, the privately-owned structures can remain.

Chris O’Keefe, planning and inspections director for New Hanover County, said, “The County does not own these properties; and we have not received complaints about the structures. We do not have the authority to tear down houses on private property until the structures are condemned; and due process occurs in order to give the property owner the ability to rectify the situation.”

O’Keefe said the county generally doesn’t initiate the process until a complaint is received about the property.

Residents wishing to report a potential nuisance property may call the New Hanover County Planning and Inspections Department at 798-7165.

“We have not received complaints about the structures. There was a house near this location that the county condemned in 2006 because we received complaints. That house has since been demolished.”

According to O’Keefe, this MyReporter inquiry resulted in an inspection. He said, “A building inspector visited the site to perform a preliminary evaluation on the site. We have not received any development plans for these parcels.

The houses on either side of the Scotchman, along Market Street and Middle Sound Loop Road, are actually one property that wraps around the back of the gas station. Realtor Gerald Evans of Prudential Laney Real Estate has the location listed for sale.

“It’s one property,” Evans said. “The only thing that is keeping it from selling is price.”

The property owners, which Evans declined to name, are asking $2.9 million. The land is zoned for commercial use, although it was obviously a residential property previously.

According to Evans, the property is “in an estate,” and he has been trying to sell it for almost a year. If you are interested in the property, contact Evans at 800-733-1428 or 910-471-0421.

Additional county property ownership data can be acquired via the county Web site: http://wwwdefault.nhcgov.com/website/basemap/viewer.htm.


What’s the history of the abandoned school at Hoover Road and U.S. 17 in Hampstead?

What happened with the house that was abandoned on the street in the Oakwood Glen subdivision?






User-contributed question by:
Frank Jones

Got a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Click here to let us know!

Bookmark and Share

Ask a question

Ask a question

If you’re looking for answers about living in coastal North Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we’ll find out or try to find someone who does. Hey, that’s our job! So, ask your question below and we’ll do our best to find the answer. Once we do, we’ll post it in an appropriate category.

Can we use your name to credit you by name (no e-mail or other contact information) with this question when we post an answer?
Your question:

Post a comment

Talk to us!

Have a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Use this form to let us know. Note that all comments are moderated and must be approved before they are posted, although you may see your own comments the first time you post them.

Your comment: