A we reported last Wednesday, the city’s new chief administrative officer in charge of housing, land use and community development Freed G. Etienne owns a long-time eysore on Clay Street. Today he issued a press release (not to us, I guess we’re not press…) explaining himself… [via]
The press release explains that he bought the house intending to renovate and occupy, and was then offered a position out of town. He was then unable to sell the house, and now that he is back in town he is having the house renovated and will be living in the area.
“I am looking forward to living in the Chimborazo area and contributing toward the further revitalization within this wonderful neighborhood. The house is being restored in accordance with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s historic preservation standards, and we are planning to move into our new home by December of this year.
“I regret any appearance of property blight or neglect while I lived away from Richmond, and I am apologetic for this. Even though my intentions have been explained, there is still no excuse for not having been more diligent and this matter will be fully corrected.”