Woman says she'd sell historic Astoria mansion

Woman says she'd sell historic Astoria mansion
A wreath adds a little Christmas cheer to the boarded up Flavel family mansion Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in Astoria, Ore. The home, deemed by the city of Astoria to be a derelict property, is expected to be put up for sale. (AP Photo/The Daily Astorian, Alex Pajunas)

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A descendant of the once-prominent Flavel family of Astoria says she's willing to sell the family mansion, which the city has declared derelict and is getting ready to put in foreclosure.

Last year, city inspectors found the rundown, unoccupied building crammed with items such as a '50s-era swimsuit hanging in a bathroom and the remains of a dog in a freezer.

The Daily Astorian reports a lawyer for Mary Louise Flavel has sent word she can't afford to fix the house but would sell it.

The city has levied $1.4 million in fines.

The paper has reported Flavel lives in Portland. Her forebears include the first bar pilot on the Columbia River and bank presidents. The family fled in 1990 after her father was convicted of assault.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian

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