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The yellow brick Victorian beauty at Field and Kercheval is an anomaly in an otherwise well-groomed neighborhood. The four-family flat, built in 1910, is in a wretched state of disrepair; the roof has collapsed and the entire top floor is charred. Shopping carts and other debris litter the spacious lot. The building is in the Island View Village on the east side, a neighborhood that has received much personal attention thanks to the interest of the Church of the Messiah Housing Corporation, and Kudushin & Associates Architects. Some $1.7 million was spent on revitalizing the neighborhood in 1993, and it appears to be a colorful and bustling area nearly 10 years later. The assessed value of the property rose from $8,600 in 2001 to $35,900 in 2002, indicating that the neighborhood is on the rise, and that this particular structure is in need of an owner with a strong back, deep pockets and an appreciation for decaying Victorian architecture.

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