It's also why Nicole posted the Mothballing for Dummies thread last September. Much of that information, and other research on the part of SOS was presented to the City at the HPC hearing on condemned structures. I've been looking for a copy of our presentation for about a half hour, but can't find it. Here's the link to Mothballing 101 though. http://www.myspringfield.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=734
It's why we are pursuing that legislation, working with anyone who will allow us to try to board up, secure and make neglected properties safe until someone comes along who WILL love them and fix them up.
We would be more than glad, eager even, to assist the owner of 1325 Laura to properly secure the property, board the windows, nail down any loose parts of the roof until he can proceed with repairing or selling it.