3CDC now says it will save rotting building in Over-the-Rhine

Fate of two other structures less clear

CINCINNATI - 3CDC now plans to save and redevelop at least one of three rotting buildings the nonprofit developer owns in Over-the-Rhine.

A story WCPO Digital published Tuesday morning noted that the influential Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. was charged with demolition by neglect – a crime in Cincinnati – by the city’s Board of Housing Appeals.

The most recent Board of Housing Appeals case related to a decaying, old house at 1321 Republic St. in Over-the-Rhine. The city-appointed board on May 1 determined that 3CDC was letting the building rot to the point that it was unsafe and could require emergency demolition. A representative of 3CDC said at the hearing that the developer’s ultimate goal was to raze the property. The board made similar findings for decaying 3CDC properties at 1323 Republic St. and 1408 Vine St.

But Tuesday afternoon, a 3CDC spokesperson said in an email that the nonprofit now intends to stabilize and restore the building at 1321 Republic St.

“It’s not developable by itself – we can incorporate it into a larger development,” wrote Anastasia Mileham, 3CDC’s vice president of communications.

Mileham added that “final development plans have not been determined but stabilization is underway” for the properties at 1323 Republic St. and 1408 Vine St.

After 3CDC’s apparent change of heart Tuesday, Board of Housing Appeals Chairman Mike Morgan noted that the developer first appeared before the board in January regarding the property at 1321 Republic St.

Different representatives of the nonprofit said at the time that 3CDC intended to demolish the building. The Board of Housing Appeals voted to give 3CDC five months to stabilize the structure. When it became clear on May 1 that 3CDC hadn’t done that, he said, the board took action.

3CDC was formed in 2003 by Cincinnati government and business leaders to accelerate redevelopment in Over-the-Rhine and downtown. The organization has invested more than $284 million in Over-the-Rhine since 2004.


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