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Posted on: November 1, 2017

Property Revitalization Replaces Blight on West Fourth Street

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The Murphys took an eyesore and turned it to elegance.

The transformation of 20 W. Fourth St. to a showplace brings to a successful close the story of the City's commitment to revitalize a blighted property. At the close of long and litigious process that included appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, the City obtained title to the property.  

The City was then free to transfer the property to Sue and Lisa Murphy in May 2017, for $17,000.

From the attic to the basement, the Murphys performed extensive renovations to the house.  They created a historic and trendy masterpiece that includes two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a basement that serves a dual purpose as a laundry/utility room, and what they cheerfully refer to as the "man cave," complete with wine rack, wash basin, decorative whiskey barrel, flat-screen TV and gas fireplace.

When the City sold the property, the Murphys estimated the restoration would take nine months. Instead, they miraculously finished all the work in only five. The City is delighted that this property has been restored and is once again a contributing part of the downtown historic district.


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