San Juan Capistrano : Permit Fees to Complete Housing Project Waived

Fees for permits needed to complete construction of 30 houses, which were left unfinished when an Irvine development firm went bankrupt, have been waived by the City Council.

The 30 homes are on tracts once owned by the Goeden Development Co., which filed for bankruptcy in January, 1984.

Building permits issued to the Goeden Co. have expired, and permits that would have cost more than $30,000 needed to be issued before the houses could be finished, said N.S. Cochran, a city building official.

The unanimous council action this week will enable the Bank of America and American Federal Savings and Loan, which acquired the properties through foreclosure, to complete construction and sell the houses quickly.

Council members indicated that they were eager to see the houses completed and sold.

"I would imagine that within six months we'll begin issuing occupancy permits," Cochran said.

Last April, Gerald Goeden, who was president of the firm, and his wife, Betty Jo, who was secretary-treasurer, pleaded not guilty to 20 felony counts, including fraud, forgery, bribery, embezzlement and grand theft arising from their failed business.

They are scheduled to appear for their third hearing before Municipal Court Judge B. Tam Nomoto on Aug. 26.

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