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Filmore Street Residents Take a Stand

Stop Work Order - 1131 Filmore St.

New multiple electric meter box

The 1100 block of Filmore was a nice quiet little spot until a new owner took over the property at 1131 and began rapidly turning the single family home into a multi family structure.  Residents began calling everyone that could be of help.  311 took the complaints and L&I responded with a violation notice but work continued.  Yesterday it came to the Northwood Civic Association’s attention and was on the agenda at last night’s meeting.  Jason Dawkins, of the Councilwoman’s office was present.  Today after waiting a reasonable amount of time, with the contractors still at work and fearing that new tenants were close to moving in, the residents of the block began calling 911.

Today at noon, inspector Bevenour issue a stop work order which said “has exceeded electric permit, must obtain building permit for work being performed”.  The contractors stopped work and closed up for the day.

I asked them about the new electric meter box for 3 meters which has not been used as yet.  They said that was put in for future use.  This entire block is zoned for single family housing.

The story that he residents heard was that the new owner (John R. Fisher) plans to turn the house into a rooming house for six individuals.  The current zoning would seem to make that impossible but the neighbors are keeping an eye on the situation.  They would prefer that he finish the rehab and then resell it to a family.

The residents are mobilized and ready to picket when necessary.  There are no boarding houses in Northwood.