William Sperlazza, senior assistant city attorney for the city of Columbus, provided Northland Community Council representatives with an update March 6 on some problem properties, both private and commercial.

Sperlazza said he has initiated proceedings involving an abandoned home on Skywae Drive from which a young girl had to be rescued.

"She's doing very, very well now," he said. "She's in school for the first time."

Taking the case to court to get the property fixed up has been difficult because it appears the owner is deceased, Sperlazza said.

"It's going to be a while," he said. "Most of these cases take a while, but it's a high priority for me."

The first hearing in the case was March 6, but Sperlazza said no one showed up on behalf of the property owner.

A "drug house" on Bryson Road that's long been boarded up should go on the market soon, Sperlazza said.

The city objected to a renewal of the hotel permit for InTown Suites at 2420 E. Dublin-Granville Road, but progress has been made recently in negotiations with the ownership group for improved security, better lighting and tighter policies at the front desk, Sperlazza said. The ownership group has pledged to invest $1.5 million into that property and another in a different part of the city.

"So far, they've been good to work with," Sperlazza said. "I hope there will be a transformation there."

The update opened with council representative Suzanne Harnichar asking if Sperlazza had information about a "junk house" in the 100 block of Morse Road.

It is the home of Geno Centofanti, who has had numerous brushes with the law over what he maintains is art on his property, but which city officials have viewed in a different light.

Sperlazza said the home is not in his Zone 1.

"It's gone on for so long," Harnichar said. "I mean, years and years."