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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #35 on: February 06, 2009, 09:03:58 PM »

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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #36 on: February 06, 2009, 11:25:50 PM »
Yeah they are Green alright.   Green motivated - liars.  Checked out some stories in the lantern where Christine (sp)Poldeman was quoted as saying there's a difference between demolition and deconstruction.   She went on to define demolition by saying it includes dozers and cranes, whereas deconstruction is a piece by piece method.   Apparently she's not too bright, because a track hoe is part of the bulldozer family.

Further, in regards to all of this "green" "deconstruction" bullcrap that they totally patted themselves on the back for last fall....Lord Hall still had furniture in most rooms, flush valves on the toilets (not cheap), drinking fountains, filing cabinets, display cases and chalk boards.  Sure, of course, none of that could possibly be reused or cycled.  (sarcasm)

 Further, the roof support system was made of fine old growth timbers the size of railroad ties.   Have you ever seen what those look like when planed down and sanded?   Talk about hardwood floors you can't find at Lowe's.  Also destroyed were all of the original 5 panel doors, radiators, window glass, marble, stone, tile, paver style brick, cap stones, lighting, and well maintained shrubs/bushes planted at it's outside walls.  All stuff that people renovating old homes would love to have, and might even haul away for free.   Apparently though, that's not green (cough) enough for OSU.

Bottom line.   They removed nothing, and landfilled everything. 


 
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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2009, 03:13:34 AM »
^Good lord, why didn't they salvage anything?!

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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #38 on: February 19, 2009, 03:56:33 PM »
My little exposé of OSU leadership. I just let the quotes and the reality speak for themselves. And here's a clip of Brown Hall.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3MjhTsLg54

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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #39 on: February 20, 2009, 03:21:38 AM »
I'm just blown away.  A parking lot?  It just doesn't seem consistent with the direction many universities are taking with campus planning.  I've recently become interested in campus planning (since that sector seems to be doing well.)  I've read how many Universities want to take their surface lot count to zero, and locate parking structures to the periphery.  It just seems all backwards to be building them in the first place.

It can be valid at times to argue that the buildings just don't serve their purpose effectively anymore.  (I usually disagree with that since anything can be retrofitted.) But the failure to replace them with anything worthy is a crime.

Here's a photo I took last fall.  Just look at how well the views are framed here.  What a shame it's gone.
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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #40 on: February 20, 2009, 10:23:10 AM »
I believe the actual plan is to build a new hall OVER the "temporary" parking lot.  Still, demo'ing Lord and Brown is just wrong.
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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #41 on: February 20, 2009, 12:39:09 PM »
They say they're going to build a new building where Lord was, but Brown is slated to be "green space". I'm guessing grass and a couple of trees with sidewalks.

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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #42 on: February 20, 2009, 03:12:44 PM »
Hell, it'll be an extention of that "greenspace" infront of the SEL.
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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #43 on: February 20, 2009, 03:58:18 PM »
well I remember them (forget who 'them' is) saying the master plan for the oval is to 'extend' it out into the surroundings.  They said they were hoping to 'green' the connections.  It looks like they are literally creating connections as well. 

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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #44 on: July 06, 2009, 01:34:35 PM »
Here's the new (temporary?) parking lot. But first, OSU patting themselves on the back for being so "green".




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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #45 on: July 07, 2009, 02:01:06 AM »
I love it when large organizations try to justify everything they do by saying "it's OK, we're green."

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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #46 on: July 07, 2009, 04:09:46 PM »
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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #47 on: February 24, 2010, 01:25:03 PM »
Couldn't the money the city wants to spend on demolition be used to rehab the building? Why are they so intent on demolition?



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Historic Building Gets 2-Week Stay On Demolition

COLUMBUS, 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.

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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #48 on: May 19, 2010, 04:17:17 AM »
Monday the fight to save the former Methodist church on East Long Street ended when it started being demolished.  There was an attempt to renovate the building last year.

http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2010/may/17/fight-save-church-ends-demolition-ar-79193/

For a picture and history of the church go here...
http://columbuslandmarks.org/advocacy/centenary-church.php
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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #50 on: February 24, 2012, 11:22:09 AM »
Follow up to yesterday's announcement that the City will demolish 900 abandoned homes in the next three years.

Coleman forms unit to monitor neglected properties
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Friday, February 24, 2012 - 7:12 AM
 
Acknowledging that they haven’t kept up with blight spread by 6,200 vacant and abandoned houses, Columbus officials have created a unit to monitor the properties and crack down on bad landlords.  A main goal will be to acquire dangerous vacant houses and raze them.
 
It’s part of what Mayor Michael B. Coleman calls a “comprehensive attack” on the vacant properties that plague many of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.  The city plans to spend $11.5 million in the next three to four years to demolish 900 vacant houses it deems dangerous.  Coleman said yesterday that the city also plans to:
 
• Lend $1 million to help owners restore 36 rental houses and vacant properties.
 
• Provide $1.9 million in loans and grants to preserve and restore homes in the Old Oaks neighborhood east of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
 
• Create a land-care program in which residents who maintain vacant lots after houses are demolished can acquire those lots through sweat equity.
 
• Compile quarterly lists of landlords who have a history of neglecting properties and publish their names in newspapers.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/02/24/a-war-on-blight.html
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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #51 on: November 19, 2012, 11:20:57 PM »
City demolition project is 14% completed
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 7:23 AM


Columbus has demolished 123 buildings this year, about 14 percent of the 900 “worst of the worst” properties that Mayor Michael B. Coleman said he wants torn down.  An additional 37 buildings are in the pipeline to be torn down, according to John Turner, the city’s land bank administrator, and more are being tested for asbestos or are in line to be assigned to a demolition contractor.

The vast majority of the 123 buildings that have come down are vacant houses in the city's poorest areas that have seen population decline - Franklinton, Linden, the Near East Side and the South Side.

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/11/13/city-demolition-project-is-14-completed.html
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City publishes list of problem landlords
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 8:25 AM


The city has put the owners of 111 Columbus properties on notice by publishing their names — an effort, officials say, to publicly shame the owners into bringing their vacant, dilapidated properties up to code.  If they don't, their properties face demolition.

Coleman said in February that the city would publish a list of landlords with a history of ignoring orders to maintain properties.  It's part of his effort to demolish 900 "worst of the worst" houses.

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« Reply #53 on: February 19, 2014, 07:41:34 PM »
Franklin County and Praire Township are cracking down on code enforcement issues.  The first major area to feel the impact of this enforcement is a large and long-troubled apartment complex on the west side.  More about this below from Business First:

408 apartments at former Lincoln Park West complex set for demolition
By Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
Columbus Business First - Jan. 30, 2014, 2:39pm EST


Prairie Township and a Franklin County nonprofit redevelopment entity have joined forces to knock down 408 apartment units within the former Lincoln Park West complex near the Hollywood Casino and shuttered Westland Mall.  Prairie Township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker told me 17 apartment buildings with 24 units each will get demolished in the garden-style, 2½-story “California” section of the complex, now called Metro West.
 
The complex off Georgesville Road south of West Broad Street, known 30 years ago as Shannon Way, sold in 2003 for $13.65 million to New York-based Matrix Realty Group Inc.  The complex gained notoriety in September 2004 when 10 people died in a fire there.  All the properties set for demolition are vacant, Hatmaker said.
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The township, Hatmaker said, signed a written agreement with the landlord in late October calling for the owner to begin demolition of the buildings in December.  That demolition has not taken place.  So the township has asked the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corp. and the Ohio Attorney General’s office to fund the estimated $2 million demolition, which could begin in two weeks.  The COCIC will coordinate the actual demolition.

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/01/204-apartments-at-former-lincoln-park.html
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Re: Columbus: Demolition Watch
« Reply #54 on: February 19, 2014, 07:42:11 PM »
Despite the seeming finality of the former Lincoln Park West apartments demolition as reported in the previous post - and despite an agreement signed by the property owners to demolish these unsafe structures - the property owners are now fighting the demolition plans.  Below are two updates about this from Business First on 2/4/14 and 2/11/14:

Business First: Owner challenging demolition of 400+ apartments at former Lincoln Park West

Business First: Demolition of 408 Metro West apartment units still delayed
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« Reply #55 on: February 20, 2014, 07:01:45 PM »
Yesterday, a federal judge refused to grant a temporary restraining order that was sought by the Metro West complex’s owner, Matrix Realty Group.  Apparently, the "you signed an agreement with the township to allow them to demolish the apartments" argument was persuasive to the judge.  The attorney for the apartment complex said he would consult with his clients to see what to do next, including a possible appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Full report on the ruling at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/02/20/judge-allows-razing-of-vacant-apartments-at-metro-west.html
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« Reply #56 on: February 22, 2014, 10:21:30 PM »
A little more about Wednesday's ruling by a federal judge to not grant a TRO on the Metro West demolitions from Business First:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/02/21/demolition-of-408-metro-west.html
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« Reply #57 on: February 25, 2014, 07:25:40 PM »
Downtown panel to rule on garage demolition
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 6:33 AM


The owner of a Downtown parking garage that city inspectors deemed unsafe and closed in September want to demolish the structure and replace it with a 107-space surface parking lot.

The owner has submitted an application to the city’s Downtown Commission, said Cynthia Rickman, a development department spokeswoman.  At its Feb. 25 meeting, the commission is scheduled to take up the proposal to demolish the garage at 56 E. Long St.

The city ordered the garage emptied on Sept. 17 because of falling concrete.  Inspectors found cracked concrete and evidence of concrete falling on cars and walkways.  The city erected barriers and placed red “danger” placards on the garage that has more than 500 spaces.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/02/13/panel-to-rule-on-garage-demolition.html

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« Reply #58 on: May 12, 2014, 11:56:26 AM »
A couple of updates on the two properties mentioned earlier this year.  First, the downtown parking garage at 56 E. Long Street.

No news at all since the property owner applied to the City's Downtown Commission to demolish this garage structure and replace it with a surface lot in February.  And in this case, no news is likely good news.  If the Downtown Commission had approved the demolition, it would have been reported on.

Plus, the Downtown Zoning Code strongly discourages demolition of any vertical structure for a surface parking lot.  And a further strike against the demolition application is that new non-accessory parking lots (i.e. pay lots not associated with an adjacent building) are prohibited in this part of downtown.  So, it is likely the Downtown Commission explained this to the property owner, tabled the application and advised the property owner to go ahead with repairs to the garage.
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« Reply #59 on: May 12, 2014, 11:57:05 AM »
Now, for an update on Franklin County's efforts to demolish about 400 units in the 1,700-unit apartment complex on the City's West Side formerly known as Lincoln Park West and Shannon Way (now known as Metro West).  After the court ruled in favor of the County and Praire Township (where the apartment complex is located), 313 of those units were demolished in March. 

After that, a very well-known name purchased the apartment complex with plans to renovate 856 townhomes and 72 flats in the apartment complex and to demolish another 328 units (in addition to the previous 313 units already demo'd).  As for the very well-known name, you'll need to go HERE in the 'Columbus: Random Developments' thread in the Central Ohio Projects & Construction section to find that out.
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« Reply #60 on: May 20, 2014, 03:15:47 PM »
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
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« Reply #61 on: May 20, 2014, 03:21:14 PM »
An update on a "worst of the worst" list of properties issued by the City of Columbus in 2012, originally posted HERE in this thread:

73% of ‘worst of worst’ houses in Columbus have been razed
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 10:39 AM


More than half of the 110 vacant and abandoned properties that were on Columbus’ “worst of the worst” list are now in the city’s land bank, and nearly three out of four of those houses have been demolished or are in the process of being torn down.

The city published the “list of shame” in December 2012 to try to humiliate owners into fixing up or selling their properties.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/05/05/city-updates-worst-properties.html
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« Reply #62 on: October 22, 2014, 10:38:23 AM »
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

This east side nuisance motel was finally demolished in September 2014: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/09/10/Problematic-East-Side-motel-finally-comes-down.html and http://abc6onyourside.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/neighbors-cheer-demolition-begins-at-east-side-motel-35021.shtml

But not before the Environmental Court Judge had to send the property owner to jail in August for failing to meet his previous demolition order: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/08/01/motel-owner-jailed.html
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