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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

New Owner Unhappy City Demolished House He Wanted to Restore

House Razed Same Day He Was Seeking City Commission Intervention


Last updated 12/26/2019 at 6:57am

Greg Massey

House at 221 W. Sessoms Ave. before demolition Tuesday

Greg Massey invested in a house in August and made plans to renovate it and rent it out. Unwilling to give him the extra time he requested to submit restoration plans, the City of Lake Wales had it demolished.

The demolition took place on Tuesday, Dec. 17 – the same day City Manager Ken Fields knew Massey planned to address the city commission to seek their help. The demolition permit, issued Dec. 3, was good through Jan. 17.

At the commission meeting Massey detailed the timeline and his frustrated attempts to talk with Fields and Kathy Bangley, the assistant city manager for development...

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