|147 W. First St.|
In the 3 years since that time no further action was taken by the city. Brian Dormaier and I secured the board-up and mowed the property. Home Depot donated materials and Worner Roofing put a patch on the roof at one point. Our ongoing efforts were made to keep the property from attracting further city attention, as long as nothing was moving forward.
Unfortunately last month we became aware that the city has torn it down. I've contacted Community Development and they have been promising to give us the review documents or Ohio State Preservation Office approval, but we are coming up on 1 1/2 months now with nothing forthcoming. I'm assuming at this point that no review was done. This is disheartening considering all the work that has gone into reviewing hundreds of demolitions for over three years now. Out of all of those properties, the Historical Society had spoken up for this house, its neighbor at 143 W. First, and 331 Prescott. 143 W. First had dropped off the radar because it had a new owner.
Another situation that we are in right now is that the city has not exercised a proper Programmatic Agreement with the SHPO, and with the Historical Society signed on as a consulting party. We are now dangerously close to the same situation we were in in 2009 when NSP funding was suspended.