LIMA — It has been almost 12 years since Tarika Wilson was shot and killed by a SWAT team officer during a drug raid at a house she and her boyfriend were renting from Derry Glenn, 6th Ward Lima councilman.
That home at 218 East 3rd Street has sat empty since that Jan. 4, 2008, shooting and has deteriorated to the point that the City of Lima Building Department notified Glenn that unless improvements are made, the home will be demolished.
Glenn, who was re-elected Tuesday to a fifth term on Lima council, bought the home in 2000 for $9,000. Today the total value of the property, including the land and the house, is listed at $13,300. Glenn doesn’t own the home outright as there is a mortgage on the property through Home Loan Corporation.
An unofficial notice was sent out on Feb. 27, 2019, and then the official demolition order was filed on May 9, 2019.
“We’ve done three inspections at that location,” said Amy Harpster, Chief Building Official for the City of Lima. “The property met the demolition criteria. There’s been no water service for nine years. The roof shingles are in disrepair, the porch is in disrepair, collapsing foundation in disrepair. Windows and doors are missing, there’s a rotting fascia soffit, and there’s no electric meter.”
On June 5, 2019, Glenn filed an appeal.
On August 15, 2019, Glenn went before the Board of Building Appeals where he received a 90-day reprieve from demolition.
During the hearing of the appeal, Glenn indicated his plan was to create the Tarika Wilson Safehouse, which would provide a safe place for women whose circumstances have been compromised due to homelessness or human trafficking. Glenn indicated he was seeking federal grant money for the repairs and has donors lined up if he can’t get those grants.
“That’s something that he’ll have to present to the board at the next meeting whether he’s been able to acquire the funding, and if he has acquired the funding, a timeline in which he will make the repairs,” said Harpster.
Glenn has until the Nov. 21 meeting to come up with the money and the plan to save the house.
Glenn indicated in a phone conversation with The Lima News that some of his plans have changed and he would not be using the name Tarika Wilson Safehouse.
“There’s a reason I changed it though. I didn’t get a hold of all of the family members to get approval on that. We decided for the Community Action Program Safe House,” said Glenn.
Glenn insists the money will be there.
“We got the money to make the repairs,” he said.
Glenn denied the condition of the home was due to his neglect.
“This monster was not created by me. It was created by a young lady that got murdered in my house,” said Glenn.
Harpster also insists Glenn did not receive preferential treatment during the whole process.
“It’s a structured process. It’s the same for everyone,” said Harpster. “Once we get that appeal, they can make the argument and request things, then it’s up to the independent board to either concur or not concur or table it for another hearing. Quite frequently, they’ve worked with many people, if they come in and make a reasonable argument.”
If the house is torn down, the city law director could go after Glenn for the cost of the demolition.
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