|The front door at 6629 Spring Valley Drive|
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a “spot blight abatement ordinance” Nov. 20 declaring the house at 6629 Spring Valley Drive, Alexandria, as blighted.
The owners, listed as Manote Auandee and Sandra Auandee, were given 30 days to “abate or obviate the nuisance.” If they fail to act, the county can demolish the house and charge the owners for the demolition costs.
The house is in the Mason District accessible from Braddock Road and close to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
The brick rambler, built in 151, has been vacant for the past three years, according to a county document submitted to the board. It has a fallen front porch, holes in the roof, and broken windows. There is an unmaintained in-ground swimming pool and three sheds in the back yard.
Staff from the county’s Blight Abatement Program determined “the dwelling is not economically feasible to repair” and recommended that it be demolished. Following a complaint in 2008, the county opened a property maintenance case on the house. Since then, the owners have ignored correspondence from county staff. Their failure to address maintenance violations is being investigation by the county attorney’s office.
According to Fairfax County tax records, the assessed value of the house was $332,880 in 2007 and had declined to $68,780 in 2012. The county estimates the demolition costs at $35,000.
|The back of the house shows lack of maintenance.|