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Trenton Officials Seek Court Order for Former Riverside Hospital Property

Former Riverside Hospital property owner Iqbal Nasir did not allow Trenton officials access to inspect the site in January.

Several Trenton officials said they are fed up with the ongoing issues regarding the former Riverside Hospital property and voted to seek legal counsel at Monday's city council meeting.

City Administrator Jim Wagner said he would like City Attorney Wallace Long to commence proceedings toward obtaining a court order for city officials to inspect the site and that those findings be forwarded to the Dangerous Building Board for a hearing on the matter.

Wagner, City Engineer Bill Hogan and City Building Inspector Virgil Maiani met with Nasir on Jan. 25 to request access to the property for an inspection. City officials have issued Nasir 10 violations since Oct. 2012 and an inspection must be made to determine if the violations have been resolved.

Nasir did not agree to the inspection. Nasir, in a letter to Mayor Kyle Stack on Jan. 30, said he's been in touch with bidders for the demolition of a church house and boiler house on the property, which he said would take about 90 days to complete.

"Mr. Wagner met with Dr. Nasir and asked for permission to go into the building," Councilperson MaryEllen McLeod said. " He was denied permission to go into the building."

The following violations still existed on Jan. 14, according to Maiani:

  • Remove all graffiti on powerhouse and north side of building off George Street.
  • Paint all boarded up windows, doors, and any openings on east and north side of building.
  • Secure open roof on glass enclosure on south side of building off Truax.
  • Repaint signs off West Jefferson Avenue with matching window paint.

Nasir told Stack in September 2012 he would likely not build, as planned, an estimated $14 million skilled nursing center on the site.

Nasir could not be reached for comment.

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sine-of-the-times February 05, 2013 at 09:02 PM
YES!!! YES!!! FInally...whew
sine-of-the-times February 05, 2013 at 09:03 PM
I might add there are landscaping issues also!
michelle February 06, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Obviously he isn't doing anything with the property as promised. He needs to to find someone who will instead of letting it sit there and rot.
cscharlt February 06, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I would like to see the city take another approach in parallel and put more pressure on HFHS to remove the contract stipulation to let the property be used for any sort of healthcare facility. The overall building and design is conducive to that of a health facility. They only face an uphill battle getting ANY property owner to take over this place and put something different in without significant rebuilding and renovating costs.
sine-of-the-times February 06, 2013 at 09:21 PM
HFHS DID work with Nasir. He, however, never attends these meetings, and never agrees to any kind of help. Nasir bought this property KNOWING that there was a deed restriction in advance, he didn't have to wait to come up with plans of what to do with it, shouldn't he already have had a business plan? Anyone else could buy it and do whatever else they wanted, and I'm sure if they wanted a health care place, HFHS would work with that person also. I am tired of blaming this on them.

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