Update Dec. 16: Mary Louise Flavel did not show up for the hearing this morning and the judge ruled in the city’s favor and reduced the fines to $1.4 million.
The last surviving member of Astoria’s famous Flavel family is due in court today. One of the family’s mansions has become the county’s historical society (known as Flavel House), but, just blocks away, another has sat crumbling for ages.
No one could find the elderly Mary Louise Flavel to tell her she had to clean up her property. But then Chelsea Gorrow, a reporter for The Daily Astorian, finally found Flavel with the help of an anonymous tip. Shortly after, the city caught up with Flavel too, and let her know about the $5.6 million in fines that mansion — and two commercial buildings in the city — had amassed in her absence.
We’ll talk with Chelsea Gorrow about the court proceedings today and what they will mean for Mary Louise Flavel and the city of Astoria.