The city council yesterday unanimously declared the James Gamble House Historic, the optimism that the house may be saved is tempered somewhat by the fact the attorney for Greenacres Foundation filed a 146 page complaint with the zoning board of appeals in an attempt to reverse the declaration.
If today's decision will have any impact on the court case between greenacres.org and the City of Cincinnati over the city's denial of a demolition permit remains to be seen. The court could hold that the demolition permit was applied for prior to the application for historic status and the declaration is irrelevant or the court could hold that Greenacres was aware that the application was being made and applied for the demolition permit as a means to avoid declaration.
In either case it is highly likely that legal maneuvers are far from over. Preservationist are hoping that Greenacres will attempt to repair its now RUINED public image by agreeing to sell the Property to Cincinnati Preservation Association that has made an offer to purchase.