Special to the Enterprise
After a 214-year run as one of Georgia’s oldest surviving homes, Augusta’s Goodale House soon might be headed for the brickyard.
Built in 1799 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the Federal-style building was deemed a “nuisance property” in Richmond County Magistrate Court this week and its owner, Wes Sims, was ordered to either repair or demolish the structure.
Rob Sherman, Augusta-Richmond County’s development manager, said the ruling comes after more than two years of frustration in which Sims promised, but has not made, progress on repairing the three-story house’s west-facing chimney and adjoining wall, both of which collapsed in August 2011.
“We want him to do something,” Sherman said. “Fix it, demolish it, but do something.”
Sherman said Sims’ relationship with the city has gotten to the point that the Birmingham, Ala., investor will not return phone calls.
Sims was not present during the hearing this week; however, he said in a phone interview that he did not receive notice the city planned to contest his property’s demolition in court for its being a public health hazard until two days after Monday’s hearing.
The notice was sent by certified mail Oct. 9, but Sims said he had been in Tampa, Fla., for the past two weeks tending to his grandfather, who is ill.