City Moves to Foreclose on Former Pawn Shop Property

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Calling it an eyesore, commissioners voted at their March 27 meeting to start a foreclosure procedure against the owner of 2901 N. Andrews Ave., formerly Lev’s Pawn Shop.

“I drive by it every day. It’s been a nightmare for many, many years,” Mayor Gary Resnick said.

According to the Broward Property Appraiser’s website, the owner, LLIJMASG, LLC, purchased the property in March of 2013 for $600,000. The property is currently appraised at $1.1 million.

According to code enforcement officials, $656,000 in code fines have been levied and accrued against the property. The fines include violations for accumulation of junk, deteriorated fencing, deteriorated parking lot striping, deteriorated seal coating, and unlawful storage of trailers. The fines go back to at least October of 2015 and have been accruing daily, at a cost of between $100 to $250 per day, depending on the violation, every day since. The fines are continuing to accrue.

Commissioners directed City Attorney Kerry Ezrol to file the foreclosure procedure. He said the cost to file and serve the documents to the property would be between $1,500 and $2,000. He said additional costs to pursue the case would depend on how much the owner fights the city.

Mayor Gary Resnick suggested city officials could also possibly start a foreclosure procedure on another piece of property owned by LLIJMASG – the billboard on Oakland Park Boulevard which is adjacent to I-95. “That’s a valuable piece of property,” Resnick said.

The Gazette was unable to contact LLIJMASG for comment.


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