Westwood may have a national reputation now for its preservation efforts to save the historic Gamble house, but residents actually celebrated a demolition yesterday.
This was not a historic home however, but rather an eyesore apartment building at 2153 Harrison Avenue was demolished yesterday. The building had been the site of numerous housing complaints and a source of litter trash and debris in the neighborhood.
The property was owned by Philip and Irene Yeary. The property had been on the local MLS offered for sale as a 'short sale' at 100,000.00. The building was built in 1971 and was not a contributing structure to the other historic homes in the neighborhood. Westwood residents have been lobbying hard to get high density apartment buildings demoed along Harrison Avenue which the neighbors cite as a major source of crime and litter in the neighborhood.