For Sale: Boarded-up, crumbling former corner store assessed at $5,000. Price: $1.76 million


For 30 years, the city has tried to collect the growing debt of John Stevens.

Stevens is listed as the owner of 2032 Penrose Ave., a boarded-up old corner store with a bay window on the second floor and a pile of junk in the backyard. Officials say the money he owes for taxes, water bills, fines,…