Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wrecking Cincinnati, 11/19/08

3569 Carmel Terrace, Westwood
DOB: 1954
Died: September 2008
Cause of death: Broken windows leading to water damage, holes in the floors and ceilings. The building became the target of graffiti and vandalism, and required frequent City barricading. It had been vacant for several years, except for a fairly heavy rodent population.

Having been vacated by the City in 2002, the four-flat finally was condemned in August 2006 after numerous complaints by the neighbors. The owner kept in contact with the City, claiming that he was trying to sell another building to pay for repairs to this one. After giving him a little rope, the City finally filed a court case.

The building was declared a public nuisance in June 2008, and the owner pled guilty to the charges and was entered into a diversion program. The apartments were razed by the City.