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Historic Building Gets 2-Week Stay On DemolitionCOLUMBUS, Ohio—A neighborhood group has been given two weeks to find an engineer to say whether a historic building is safe.The historic Edna Building is located at East Long Street at 21st Street on the city’s near East Side. It’s just down the street from the newly restored Lincoln Theatre.The Bronzeville Neighborhood Association, which includes the King-Lincoln District, has been trying to keep the deteriorating building from being demolished and has been given another two weeks to find an independent engineer to deem it safe. continued w/ video...
People often wonder why it takes a city so long to deal with abandoned or nuisance properties. The two quick answers are property rights and the court system. Even when Franklin County set up a special Environmental Court to streamline code enforcement ruling, it can still take time. A good example of this is the Motel One property at 3190 E. Main Street on the city's east side:- April 2012, the Environmental Court ordered the motel closed down: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/04/19/Judge-closes-East-Side-motel.html- May 2013, the Environmental Court ordered the motel to be demolished within 180 days or sold within one year: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/05/10/Judge-orders-troubled-motel-sold-or-torn-down.html- The owners appealed the decision and on February 10, 2014, the 10th District Court of Appeals sent the case back to the Environmental Court for further review: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/04/28/east-side-motel-sitting-in-limbo.html- Now, the Environmental Court issued a further ruling that the Motel One owner has until July 31 to tear down the building: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/05/07/motel-building-to-be-razed-property-transferred.html