TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The old, dilapidated and condemned house at 530 North 141/2 Street in Terre Haute, that News 10 featured on Tuesday, has a landowner who hopes to unload the eyesore.
"I didn't want it when my husband bought it. We fought about it for two weeks after he signed the papers," Donna Blankenship said on Wednesday, in a News 10 follow-up. "I never liked living there, I hate the neighborhood! And I couldn't wait to get out!"
Blankenship, now 57, and a widow, admitted she's in over her head, and hopes to see the property sold soon.
It's a property the city has cited the Blankenships 11 times since 2007, given its deteriorating state.
"My husband went into court on crutches, with one leg, and told them he was not able to take care of things like that. They told him, 'Well then -- pay somebody!'"
News 10 learned Donna and Richard Blankenship, who died in May 2010, of a heart attack, are just shy of $2,000 in the red in property taxes.
"I wish somebody would buy it in the tax sale. I can't fix it, I can't afford to tear it down. I mean, it's just me, I can't do it," Donna Blankenship admitted.
"I'm afraid there's going to be a little kid get in there and fall through the floor," said Paul Lenges, a neighbor who lives across the street.
If the city of Terre Haute moves forward with leveling the house, the city then places a lien on the property. The landowner can then hang onto the property by paying the overdue property taxes, or the property can be sold in a tax sale.
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