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Homeowners worry about the effects of abandoned properties, cities reluctant to force remedies

The Herald Journal

What do raccoons, vandalism and caved roofs all have in common? They’re all some of the effects of abandoned homes.

Will Mikesell is a Logan resident who lives in between two abandoned homes both owned by Big Mountain Properties LLC off 100 South. Mikesell describes the neighborhood as a “great community” but said abandoned homes damage that by decreasing property values, among other impacts.


“The one that’s right behind us has really gotten deteriorated,” he said. “When we first moved in, they had black plastic over the roof because it caved in. The wind would blow at night and it would sound like firecrackers. The one that was down the street was condemned to black rot. That means he can’t use or rent it until he fixes it, which doesn’t seem to be worth the trouble.” Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.