Q. I’m wondering about the boarded-up house at the corner of Kingsley and First. Why is the house sitting there in that shape? It’s like Detroit.

A. The house is in the Allen Creek floodway, which means it can neither be substantially renovated nor replaced. The city has received a FEMA grant to purchase and remove it, but the process has taken quite a bit longer than anticipated. It will likely be removed by this fall. The site will be turned into a rain garden.

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