Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wrecking Cincinnati, 7/20/10

2138 St. Michael Street, Lower Price Hill
DOB: 1885
Died: November 2009
Cause of death: Loose and falling bricks, a defective roof, loose metal trim, missing and broken windows, deteriorating gutters and downspouts, and lack of protective paint. Trespassers were seen entering and exiting the premises, and there were signs of vandalism. The building had been vacant since at least 1992.

The property was condemned in September 2008, declared a public nuisance in December 2008, and razed by the City.

A criminal case was filed against the owner in 2003. He was granted a continuance and then probation, and was able to obtain a vacated building maintenance license and get off of probation in 2005. Following condemnation orders in 2008, the owner told City inspectors that he was unable to find the funding to rehabilitate the building. A new criminal case was filed, but has not progressed.