Once upon a time, 429 Warren Street housed the office of the city court, and the building next door, 427 Warren Street, was where the actual courtroom and the police department were located.
It has been five years since the police department and the court moved to their new location at 701 Union Street. In the summer of 2019, 427 Warren Street was sold at auction, and today the building, wonderfully transformed and now the location of Finch, is getting a second story.
The code enforcement office was located at 429 Warren Street, and until that office could be relocated, the building could not be sold. Beginning in July 2021, however, the City began leasing space at 751 Warren Street for the code enforcement office. For more than a year now, there has been no obvious reason for the City to continue to own the building at 429 Warren Street, which, now abandoned, has become an eyesore on Warren Street, a magnet for handbills and litter.
In 2021, when the Common Council was worried about depleting the fund balance during the pandemic, there was an ad hoc committee called the Properties Committee tasked with selling surplus City-owned properties. There were five buildings on the committee's list of properties to be sold--429 Warren Street, the cemetery house, the house near the water treatment plant, 1 North Front Street, and 10-12 Warren Street; 429 Warren Street headed the list. In 2022, the ad hoc committee, which was made up of Council president Tom DePietro, councilmembers Jane Trombley and Rebecca Wolff, and Housing Justice Manager Michelle Tullo, ceased to exist. Now, more than a year after the Council was resolved to sell 429 Warren Street as soon as the code enforcement office was relocated, no apparent effort has been made to sell the building and get it back on the tax rolls.
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