The fewer the owners, the fewer parties Columbus has to deal with in court as it works toward demolition, said Columbus Assistant City Attorney Jody Spurlock.
The months between were dominated by trying to track down and serve notices to all the owners involved, Spurlock
If the properties aren't brought back up to code, the city can ask for the owners to be held in contempt of court.
Once that happens, the city can ask for a demolition order.
A few units are still holding up the process, Spurlock
One unit's owner is contesting a code-violation complaint, and there are two other units where the court can't proceed.
The city can't serve notice to a dead person, and the co-owners of two of the remaining units have died, Spurlock