1008 York Street residents return home

CINCINNATI – One day after residents of 1008 York Street scrambled to find a place to live, they were able to return home.

Demolition crews were at 1010 York Street Sunday, tearing down walls and clearing debris from a building that caught fire Sunday, Oct. 14 and threatened to collapse on its neighboring building.

“Went past the house (on Sunday, Oct. 20). There was a full team of construction workers and a lot of the building had been torn down,” displaced 1008 York Street resident Sharlie Darden reported.  “One worker stated that we may be able to come home (Sunday night) if they can get that fire escape cut down that's leaning against my building. I slept like a baby."

The danger of 1010 York Street toppling forced Cincinnati city inspectors to evacuate Darden and 18 other people from 1008 York for six days. Darden and the others stayed at the Ramada downtown with the assistance of the city, waiting to be told they could move back home.

Then on Saturday morning the city told a majority of the residents they would have to pay for their own hotel, or find somewhere else to seek shelter until they could move back in.

“It's raining, most of us are walking and a few have children,” Darden said on Saturday when she was told about the city's stance. "We have no clothes, no money, no food and no more patience."

Initially, Charles Graves III, director of planning and building for the city, said he was unsure when 1010 York Street would be demolished, but that the project would begin as soon as possible.

The demolition began at 8 a.m. Sunday as crews began knocking down walls, according to workers on site. Most of the rubble was gone as of Sunday evening, according to Darden.

"They worked until about 8 p.m. last night," she said.

Darden, a six year resident of 1008 York Street who took her children to stay with her mother while she waited for a resolution on Saturday, was just happy that she’d be back in comfortable surroundings.

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