Park West Behind-the-Scenes Part 2: Demolition in OTR buildings can reveal costly surprises

Before Cleves-based Hudepohl Construction Company started work at 26 W. 13th St. in Over-the-Rhine, the apartment building looked dated but livable.

Less than a month into the company’s interior demolition work, the building looked like a bomb went off inside.See Photo













Crews smashed through four layers of brick to create openings between 26 W. 13th St. and its neighboring structure at 28 W. 13th St. They still had another layer or two to go. The hole in this brick shows where the floor of the building next door is located. That will require construction of stairs leading from the stairwell in the larger building to the apartment units in the smaller one.See Photo













Ceilings were torn down to the original framing.See Photo













And laborer Jason Davis was busy ripping out bathroom fixtures, tubs and toilets.See Photo













It’s all part of bringing both buildings back to life as a new development called Park West. Hyde Park-based Grandin Properties is redeveloping the buildings into 11 apartments.

To give the public a better idea of what it takes to redevelop an old building in Over-the-Rhine, Grandin has given WCPO access to the project from start to finish to document the work involved.

WCPO published the “before” story on March 9, a couple weeks after touring the properties for the first time. These pictures were taken during a tour March 19, about three weeks after initial demolition had begun.

WCPO Insiders can see more photos of the ongoing demolition and find out what surprise construction crews found once they began their work.

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