Monday, February 1, 2010

Cincinnati Enquirer Article on Knox Hill's Federal Complaint on section 106 reviews

Cincinnati Enquirer has an article today on Knox Hill's Federal complaint regarding the city of Cincinnati's failure to properly involve the public in Section 106 Review:

Group:City Demolishing Historic Homes
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100201/NEWS0108/2010306/1055/NEWS/Group++City+demolishing+historic+homes

I would encourage everyone to read the article and take time to comment on this issue. Lets all hope the city can no longer hide their decisions behind closed doors. Also please take the time to forward this article to your favorite city councilperson so perhaps the city council can start a dialog on this issue.

2 comments:

Dale from Avon said...

A person driving/walking by notices a problem with a house. Makes an effort to remedy the situation by calling the city, thinking they are doing a good deed. They are under the impression that the city will help. Wrong! They may as well have lit a fuse to the dynamite. The city will tear the place down with no effort to do otherwise.

512 Prospect. That is what initially happened to this house. It got broken into and the door was left open. Someone called the city thinking they would be helping. On top of this the owner had died and no one claimed the property. It ended up on the "nuisance" property list because of the first call. This house NEVER had the chance to be offered for sale. Generally, people don't know that the title can be transfered through probate to an interested party. This house may have sold quickly at a low price. It is fixable. It is in a good location near the hospitals and medical school. If the city can not sell an unclaimed house of a deceased person - how can it sell the land after it is demolished?

The house is historic. It is also a part of and adds to the richly diverse fabric/character of the area as does nearly every house in Avondale.

Keep in mind there were never any nuisance calls about this house - no calls to police, no illegal activity, no homeless etc. The ground floor had been and still is secured. No one making these decisions on its' fate has ever been inside.

There is still hope for this house - as it is still standing. If the city keeps piling on more and more reasons to inhibit saving structures, they won't need a bulldozer to knock them down. They will fall down from the burdensome weight of inflexible bureaucracy.

johnny in cincinnati said...

Keep pushing Paul.