Court Orders South Berkeley Problem House Boarded Up

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 03, 2009 - 08:50:00 AM

A judge on Wednesday ordered a longtime problem property at 1610 Oregon St. boarded up as provided for in health and safety codes, siding with the plaintiff, the city of Berkeley, on the issue. 

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith ruled that the house, belonging to defendant Lenora Moore, should be secured and not be used for any purpose, and stay closed for one year beginning 30 days from the day the court notice of closure is posted on the property.  

The house has been the subject of numerous complaints and lawsuits by neighbors and the city, who alleged that drug activity has taken place on its premises.