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.