Mounds of reeking refuse that lined the sidewalk for almost an entire block in front of 515 North Broadway on Tuesday were cleaned up Wednesday after the city filed an emergency order, citing health and safety concerns.
Code enforcement director David Jarvis said the order required Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., the bank that owns the foreclosed property, to clean up the mess by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Jarvis said the job was done with time to spare.
Lexington-Fayette County Constable Larry Hamlin, whose deputies served the eviction notice that started the chain of events, said there were three or four more Dumpsters' worth of trash still inside the house, but code enforcement is not likely be involved further, Jarvis said.
Jarvis said it is likely that the bank will finish cleaning up the historic home, which is a notable example of Queen Anne architecture, and put it on the market.
Movers put the belongings on the curb Tuesday after deputies served an eviction notice for the $195,000 property, which had been owned by Laurie Giovanetti. The eviction notice required that household items of any value, which in this case reeked of urine and were stained with animal feces, be left on the sidewalk for 48 hours so the owner could reclaim them.
Soon after the items were placed on the street, the city became concerned that people would make a mess as they picked through the piles and that traffic could snarl as gawkers slowed to look at the unexpected site in the neighborhood of historic houses.