A Boston housing-court judge last week gave a receiver permission to try to sell a burned-out rattrap at 97 Mt. Ida Rd., after years of effort by the city to get current litigious owner James Dickey to clean up the property.
The boarded up property went on sale yesterday for $500,000, as is:
Property to remain under supervision of the court and receiver until all violations are corrected and certificate of occupancy gets issued. Sale is subject to Court Approval. Do not enter the property or walk around premises unaccompanied. All showings must be accompanied by Listing Broker. Property to be shown during daylight hours to qualified buyers only. Liability waiver must be signed prior to gaining access. BRING A FLASHLIGHT.
The building caught fire in 2011. Ever since, the city Inspectional Services Department and Dickey, who lives in Sudbury, have engaged in a seemingly never-ending legal battle over getting the property cleaned up, in a series of cycles in which ISD goes to housing court, then Dickey appeals in either state or federal court to get the city to leave him alone then, when he loses there, everything goes back to housing court.
Federal courts keep telling him to leave them out of the battle over the state sanitary code; they don't want to hear his allegations the city and housing court are out to get him in a conspiracy to steal the property of black home owners. Dickey is white. The US Supreme Court rejected his request to hear the case as well.
In June of last year, a housing-court judge appointed a receiver to do something about the property, which ISD has argued is a threat to public safety and health. Three weeks later, the judge ordered Dickey to stop leaving open cans of cat food on the property; he claimed he was hoping to attract cats to eat the rats, but officials said the hundreds of open cans were mostly feeding the rats.
If receiver Stuart Schrier finds a buyer, Dickey would get the proceeds, less Schrier's costs for hiring clean-up contractors, his fees and any liens and back taxes.