The house at 4004 Main St. is undergoing a complete cleaning by the new owner who wants to make it a productive property. Miles Blumhardt, email@example.com
TIMNATH — When a historic house a block from the elementary school in tiny downtown Timnath has caution tape around its front, a large garbage trailer in the driveway and workers in white suites with respirators, it raises suspicions of curious residents.
Such is the case of 4004 Main St., a two-story home built in 1890, eight years after the town was established, that has garnered as much attention from residents as it has police.
According to the town, police have been called to the house 37 times in the past five years for various reasons. Town officials also cited the previous owners numerous times for property maintenance and code violations.
Neighbors, who wished not to be identified, said the house has been a haven for a variety of different people and five dogs that loved to bark continuously.
That changed when longtime Fort Collins Realtor Laura Olive stepped in, buying the 1,404-square-foot home for $335,000 on Sept. 30. Olive owns several properties in the area.
But a couple weeks ago, when Olive had white-suited crews throwing demolition material in a large blue garbage trailer, neighbors’ suspicions grew, including the question: Had it been a meth house?
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Olive said meth abatement is part of the renovation of the house but added that she was told by the previous owners that meth was not manufactured in the house, only consumed there.
According to county and state regulations that went into effect in 2014, when meth is known to have contaminated a house, its owner must follow a strict protocol to clean the house to certain standards.
Katie O’Donnell, Larimer County spokesperson, confirmed Olive has hired a company certified in meth abatement.
“We are dong everything properly and above board, including testing and demolition by certified people, down to the studs so we can get it cleaned up to meet regulations,” Olive said. “When we are done, it will be the cleanest house in the neighborhood.”
Olive doesn’t know the cost of the demolition and abatement because the work is not completed, but said it is expensive. The former owners, who bought the house 27 years ago, told her about the use of meth in the residence, and she knew it was a process to get a “clean bill of health” for the property.
“I’m not interested in throwing the previous owners under the bus,” Olive said. “They have their own life to live and were willing sellers. Right now, I’m just focusing on getting it cleaned up. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the property; I just want to make it a productive property.”
Once the initial demolition is completed, Olive said the house must then be tested again, with that process continuing until levels fall below state standards. It’s a process she hopes will wrap up soon so she can have the house renovated and ready for occupation.
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