Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wrecking Cincinnati, 10/16/08

1804 Kinney Avenue, Evanston
Nursing home
DOB: Unknown
Died: October 2008
Cause of death: Foundation cracks, a poorly maintained fire protection system, and open windows causing weather damage and requiring multiple City barricades. The building was a major center of drugs and prostitution, which the neighborhood had fought for years to remove.

Located in a SF-4 Single Family District, the building sat vacant for over a year and lost its legal non-conforming use status. The owners did not show up for pre-prosecution hearings, and a criminal case was filed in March 2007. The case was dismissed in April 2007 for want of prosecution and a lack of service on the summons.

The City condemned the building in May 2007. It was declared a public nuisance in April 2008, and razed by the City as part of a media event highlighting the Neighborhood Enhancement Program.