December 6, 2010

142 E. McMicken slated to be demolished

Filed under: News — Tags: — gailmoe @ 4:28 pm

The entry below was submitted by OTRF board member Danny Klingler. Please do all you can to help us prevent this senseless demolition:

It’s official — CPS requested an emergency demolition determination on 142 E. McMicken and  the City obliged. The demo permit is en route — meaning it has to get a couple of administrative rubber stamps and then it will be sent out to CPS. CPS will be the ones conducting the demolition.

It is quite unlikely that this is a genuine “emergency”, and far more likely that it is a political decision. The building was only ordered vacant in 2008, and condemned last year. I know of many buildings that were condemned years ago and still haven’t reached emergency status. Certainly from an exterior standpoint, there is nothing in the building that would make you think its a threat to public safety.

Our main routes of influence at this point are:

1) Amit Ghosh, City of Cincinnati, (352-3433), and
2) Mike Burson, CPS,  (207-7715)

I have left voicemails for both. I am encouraging everyone who is able to call both of these guys and express your displeasure with the situation as it currently stands. Particularly for CPS, it’s pretty sad that they was only recently in front of the Conservation Board declaring that none of these buildings on E. McMicken would be torn down.

I believe our best shot right now is to procure a structural engineer to give a second opinion saying that this building is in fact NOT in imminent danger of collapse. This is the best way to stop the demolition permit in its tracks, before it reaches CPS. If anyone has any ideas about such engineers, please let the group know.

Best,
Danny

7 Comments »

  1. That building is so beautiful. What the hell!?

    Comment by Brandon Q. — December 7, 2010 @ 12:35 am

  2. We agree Brandon. It can and should be saved. Aside from repairable fire and water damage, it basically has to be gutted but the building is structurally sound.

    Comment by gailmoe — December 7, 2010 @ 12:53 am

  3. I have seen the inside of the building. It does not need to be demolished.

    Comment by Troy H. — December 7, 2010 @ 1:10 am

  4. Yes, Troy you are correct. The following comment was submitted to the Foundation by architect Steve Hampton:…In terms of the condition of the building, I was inside the building as recently as the end of September. It is nowhere near being in imminent danger of collapse. There is fire damage, as well as some water damage, but it is structurally sound. To stabilize it, it needs to be gutted and some floor decking replaced, a new stair, as well as some gutter and downspout work. The only major wall repairs are at the NE corner up high, which needs tuckpointing/rebuilding as well as at the SW corner where the gutter has been missing.

    Comment by gailmoe — December 7, 2010 @ 1:18 am

  5. Great! How much money are you all willing to give the owner to do all this work? Hello? Anyone got thier wallet open?

    Comment by Mickey M. — December 8, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

  6. Is there any estimates done on how much such a restoration would cost (after purchase from CPS I assume)?

    Comment by Amy in OHio — December 9, 2010 @ 4:33 am

  7. Amy, it’s hard to say. It depends on how much interior (and now exterior) damage has been done. A complete inspection would reveal the costs. At this point it may be too late. Yesterday, workers began tearing off the 125 year old, copper cornices. Cincinnati Public Schools has ignored all pleas to stop the demolition. The Foundation and Brewery District are trying a last minute tactic, legal tactic this morning.

    Comment by gailmoe — December 9, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

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