Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Opinion: There’s something fishy about Oak Cliff business owner’s claim of harassment from city
The owner could be convinced to move, if the price is right.
WFAA: Bishop Arts business owner claims city harassing him to sell property
We love the Bishop Arts District and every piece of real estate surrounding it. We love us those craftsmen bungalows and all the cute little cottages to be had for under $300,000. In fact, we fetch most of our Tuesday $200Ks from this part of town.
But then there’s Roy’s Transmission and Auto Care. Roy Smith has been fixing cars at this location for 18 years, and making a living this way for more than 40 years. Not sure I follow that, but OK. I know we all need places to get tires fixed but really, a tire shop in the middle of Bishop Arts?
Now the city wants to buy Smith’s tire shop property to build a way cool entrance to Bishop Arts, including a children’s playground. Smith has no objections except the green kind: He wants to be paid enough money to relocate and get another business. He says he has had his property appraised at $775,000 but the city is offering him “only” about $205,000, according to WFAA-TV, and this price comes after deducting for cleaning and clearing costs.
Lots of tires to move, I guess. So if the property is worth a whopping $775,000, let’s see what Roy has been paying in taxes on this gold mine?
$54.62 on property valued at $2000? Surely something is wrong here. How come the city valued this at $2,000, and how could someone appraise it for $775,000?
Smith said no way to the $205,000 deal, now he says the city is harassing him. They are bugging him to clean up his property, mow his grass, and remove some cars.
Wow, imagine that: They want him to keep the place tidy. Isn’t that the whole point of what code enforcement does?
The department said it doesn’t use its power to bully people into selling their property, but Smith kind of thinks they are, at least until he sells. But I say someone whose been paying taxes on a property valued at $2,000 to get 10, no wait, 100 times that amount is one nice fat payday check.
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