CINCINNATI - It's been a blighted battleground for years.
The Crosley Building in Camp Washington, a tortured hulk with a proud past stands swathed in graffiti and adorned with shattered windows.
The Camp Washington Community Council, headed up by Joe Gorman, has been fighting to get the building cleaned up.
Gorman has sent letters to the owner pleading him to secure the building and paint over the graffiti.
In response, Todd Hosea sent a letter to Gorman, stating that he has tried to secure the building, but the vandals have thwarted him at every turn.
Recently, Gorman sent a letter to Cincinnati's mayor and council members, imploring them to do something before the World Choir Games come to town in July.
"Unfortunately, if these impressionable visitors drive on I-75 and I-74, they will see one of the worst eyesores in the City," Gorman wrote. "To have visitors who are aware of the powerful legacy of Mr. Powel Crosley see his namesake building, which at one time produced radios and appliances and housed the 'nation's station' 700 radio broadcasts - laden with graffiti, overgrown weeds and trees growing out of the roof, tagged billboards on top of the structure, rusted machinery, broken windows, trash all around the building - is exactly the wrong impression we want to project."
He stated the community has tried to convince the owner, Hosea, to secure the building and remove the blight, all to no avail.
"Can you ask Mr. Hosea to pitch in and clean up his building?" Gorman asked.
The city responded, and has issued an intent to barricade notice to Hosea, and is going after him for back taxes on the structure.
Hosea agrees that 'barricading is imminent," but argues the vandals will find a way around any measures he takes.
He says the problem stems from a lapsed 'vacant building maintenance license,' which requires owners of blighted structures to keep them secured and blight free.
Hosea was not clear as to why he has not erected a fence around the building to keep vandals out.
He says he is meeting with the city to work something out.
Gorman is hopeful the city will move fast enough to have the building secured and painted before the World Choir Games begin on July 4, but he says "the next couple of days are going to be key," in making that happen.
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