Friday, June 22, 2012

Wrecking Cincinnati: 309 W Fifth St

NEIGHBORHOOD: Central Business District
USE: Commercial/warehouse
OWNER: 305-309 W Fifth Street LLC
HAZARD: March 2010, for possibility of collapse. The current owners, who has planned to redevelop the building and the adjacent building at 305 W Fifth St, claim that they were unaware of the orders at the time of purchase. Claiming that they would not be able to make money from a property that the City said it was going to tear down, the owners applied for a demolition permit to take down the building and construct a secured parking lot for Lifetime Financial Growth. The Historic Conservation Board denied a variance that would have allowed for the demolition, but the Zoning Board of Appeals reversed that decision in April 2012.
CONDEMNED: January 2010, for water damage to structural framing, unsupported masonry, and lack of utilities.
ORDERS: July 2006, for exterior paint.
REASON RAZED: Razed to close out orders and to construct a new secured parking lot for Lifetime Financial Growth.