The Manassas City Council has been mulling over what to do about the 1905 historical Queen Anne-style house that sits in a state of decay at 'the gateway to the historic district' for many years.
Prescott Avenue area residents even formed a community group and met to discuss what should be done about the house.
At one point, in 2007, the council voted to spend nearly $100,000 to repair the home, according to the Washington Post, but strong public outcry later resulted in the city backing down on spending tax payers dollars to fix up someone's personal property.
Now, the property is in the hands of Bank of America, which took control of the building in July. City officials decided to allow the bank to proceed with the foreclosure process and repair it or sell it, but little has been done to secure the building.
A top floor window is broken out—and has been for a long time—exposing the interior of the house to the weather.
Residents along Prescott Avenue and the director for the Office of Community Development for the City of Manassas, Liz Via-Gossman recommend the city take action to secure the property on Prescott Avenue before the winter months.
"One more winter and it won't make it," Via-Gossman said.