Ten buildings in OTR, Avondale have long history of code violations

Data shows crime around decaying properties

Ten buildings now owned by 2414 Morgan Development have a long history of building code violations. Read below to understand more about each property.

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100 E. McMicken Ave.

Building condition: A fire escape on the front of the building is attached to bricks that are so water-damaged that the fire escape is in danger of pulling away, building inspector Mike Fehn said at a July 1, 2013 hearing. “I’m worried the whole front of the building will collapse,” he said.

Code enforcement history: The first complaint came in 2005 because of litter on the property. In 2006, a complaint that a ceiling had collapsed in one of the apartments led to a violation for blocked exits in the building. The previous owner got a citation for litter in 2011. By May 1, 2012, the building was vacant and open to trespassers. The structure is now listed as “dangerous and unsafe.”

Fines and fees associated with the property: $3,300

Crime within 500 feet: Cincinnati police records show 43 crimes reported within 500 feet of this property in the 12 months ending May 12, including one homicide, 12 aggravated assaults and nine robberies.

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1614 Walnut St.

Building condition: The roof was blown off this building and has been missing for years. There are holes in the floor and the stairs. The building has a loose cornice, and the floor joists, bearing walls and chimneys all need repairs, building inspector Mike Fehn said at a July 1, 2013 hearing. “The rear porch is almost unwalkable,” he said.

Code enforcement history: Violations date back to 2002 when inspectors ordered a prior owner to repair “worn and broken flooring.” In 2006, inspectors ordered repairs for leaky plumbing, a lack of smoke detectors and defective plaster and drywall throughout the building. The building was ordered vacated in 2008 due to “serious hazards in the electric system, water leaks throughout.” Inspectors described “major roof damage” on March 1, 2014.

Fines and fees associated with the property: $5,000

Crime: Cincinnati police records show 63 crimes reported within 500 feet of this property in the 12 months ending May 12, including one sexual assault, five aggravated assaults, 15 robberies and 30 thefts.

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20 Findlay St.

Building condition: Some debris has been cleaned out of the building, but the floors are so rotten that they “can’t support the weight of a human being,” building inspector Mike Fehn said at a July 1, 2013 hearing. Plaster is falling, and rear porches are deteriorating, too.

Code enforcement history: Complaints started in 2004 and 2005 related to tall grass and weeds. By 2008, the previous owner was ordered to keep the building vacant and barricade it. The structure is now listed as “dangerous and unsafe.”

Fines and fees associated with the property: $5,000

Crime within 500 feet: Cincinnati police records show 39 crimes reported within 500 feet of this property in the 12 months ending May 12, including one homicide, four aggravated assaults and 20 thefts.

Insiders can see photos of the other seven buildings and read about their condition, code enforcement history, the fines and fees associated with the properties and the types of crimes that have occurred near the structures over the past year.


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