Two days- “Help stop the rot” and “Take a Gamble” or maybe “rock”

June 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm 7 comments

Monday- JULY 2nd at 5:00 p.m. City Council Chambers – Public Hearing – Nuisance Homes Inspections
It is a START ! Hopefully

and the “Understatement of the Year Award”

“The curb appeal of the city has not been great,”

goes to Rey Carrion- acting Community Development Director

City Council will hold the public hearing as part of its Building & Lands Committee meeting at 5 p.m. Monday. Council must take action to approve the program as part of a change in the Community Development Department’s five-year consolidated plan.

The meeting will be at Lorain City Hall, 200 W. Erie Ave.

The need for nuisance housing inspections- it is a start but not if we don’t voice our opinions – politicians tend to cave to the numbers..

And speaking of numbers-

Visit the Horseshoe Casino in Downtown Cleveland
on the Jet Express- July 3rd
Tickets are $38

The Jet Express departs Black River Landing at 9:30 a.m.
and will depart from Cleveland at 5 p.m.

Lolly the Trolley will take guests from the Cleveland dock to the Casino and leave the casino at 4 p.m.

To purchase tickets, and for more information 440-204-2269
on these and other summer events or go to:

http://www.lorainportauthority.com/boattours

All are welcome on this unique trip to Cleveland. Explore downtown Cleveland with your family and friends rather than go to the casino. See the new Greater Cleveland Aquarium, the Great Lakes Science Center, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and more

and the summer sizzles!!!!!!!!

July 4 Port Fest (3-10 p.m), Fireworks (10 p.m.) and Labatt Blue Black River Concert Series with, Rare Earth and more.

July 4 River Tours begin on Wednesday and Thursdays through August 6:30 p.m.

July 7 El Sabor Latino Community Festival 4-10 p.m.

July 13 Labatt Blue Black River Concert Series Hotel California (Eagles Tribute Concert) 8-11p.m.

July 14 Easter Seals Walk With Me

July 21-22 American Cancer Society Relay for Life

July 28 Black River Historical Societys’ Taste of History 4-9 p.m.

August 5 Morning Journal Jog 5K Race 8:30 a.m.

August 11 Labatt Blue Black River Concert Series with Fayrewether 8-11 p.m.

August 18 Music by the Lake

August 25 Labatt Blue Black River Concert Series with Forecast 8-11 p.m.

September 2 Organized Labor Festival 12-8 p.m.

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  • 1. Brian  |  July 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    In my humble opinion and from what little I know about how this idea is going to work, this is the at least the “sound bite” to make it appear that our local government is doing something about housing.

    Lorain’s housing problems are reflective upon the neighborhoods. I work in Lorain just about every day and my work involves working on housing. Since 1988 I have been involved with Lorain’s housing in one form or another from zoning, community involvement, repair, reconstruction, new builds, to rehab. Throw in the over five years of verified commercial projects that I had to list for my interim state building official license I had at one time, I believe that I have made some valid contributions to improving Lorain’s housing over the years.

    I am somewhat embarrassed that I actually went to a council meeting last week. When I was supposed to give my name and address, I could have given three. I have a home in Lorain that me and my son live in until he goes off to college in the fall. That’s the address that I gave in case anyone on council wants to send me a Christmas card.

    I also pay the mortgage at my moms house in Elyria and spend many evenings and nights there keeping her company and tending to the things that need to be taken care of there.

    I also reside in North Olmstead. After working my 65 forty hour weeks in a year to pay for my financial and personal obligations that I have committed to, I have another home that I am a part of “outside” of the mess that I see happening in Lorain.

    I hope that many folks attend the meeting on Monday to “discuss” the issue, but I am not going to be there because I feel the folks that we elected are more concerned about saying their “sound bites” to protect themselves from actually taking ownership in their votes than creating legislation that improves the quality of life for those that elected them.

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I would be a hypocrit if I didn’t attend after all my bitching BUT do I think this is just a little stop gap and hey look we are doing something…well the cynical me is still cynical.but I will go see what transpires and give them the invitation to walk about in my neighborhood.fix the issues in this old neighborhood and you can fix the city….. :)

  • 3. Brian  |  July 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    While inviting them to walk about in your neighborhood may make you feel better, the conditions are obvious to those that look. The problems that I can see coming out of this is “what is looked at” and “who gets to get hammered” in the name of making it appear that the problem is going to get addressed.

    A perfect example that will happen is that when the city cites an owner to remove a nuisance outbuilding, like a garage, the solution will be to tear it down. While this short term answer may eliminate a blighted condition, it at the same time makes it more difficult to get working class people to move into the older neighborhoods. People with cars NEED garages and once the garage is removed, so are the chances of getting the type of people our city needs to attract. Removing taxable structures from the tax roles also diminishes the tax collections that our schools depend upon.

    Therefore, hiring inspectors do not fix garages that are falling down and or make repairs to structures for those that are “just getting by”. There should be a means to address in the discussions more than just identifying what is broken. I feel that the public will become alienated and hostile to the idea in the long run because FAIR and REASONABLE needs to be talked about at the same time.

    Fair and reasonable is hard to craft into legislation unless the discussion can be had about how the city is going to deal with how it is going to tackle the seniors that are on a fixed income that cannot afford to fix their homes to the folks like Spitzer that may have the means to spruce up their properties but don’t.

  • 4. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    So I guess the alternative is to wait until the garage falls down of its own accord or catches fire ( like the one that used to be at 1121 4th street) or the shed is smashed for its aluminum ( also 1121 4th street-) the house ( 1121 was mentioned in my post) that is being dumped by First Federal on the market-OMG you should see the the calibre of wanna be owners/ landlords that are looking at it….. 13 thousand for a three bedroom house …….that was mortgaged just 8 years ago for 80’s , forclosed twice,,,,,,,, destroyed once – rebirthed and detroyed again

    As I said Brian this city is way past its tipping point…… they have to start somewhere…….. I think they should start iwth what I am calling rental whores. those homes that are now a commodity for a “business”

    But the purpose of my walk about would not be just the condition of the houses and neighborhood but “the assests this old neighborhood has as well…… :)

    but I understand your point and agree there are sides to legislation….. BUT the legislation is already on the books it is not following those ordinances in the first place that has taken the “quality of life and quality housing out of my neighborhood)

  • 5. Dr. Tammy  |  July 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    When you have over sixty percent of the housing stock as rental property and over eighty percent of that same housing was tossed together right after the Second World War to accommodate the workers coming in, it is a wonder the housing has lasted as long as it has!! Fortunately, those who moved into the housing after WWII cared about the community, and put their money into their housing. Those days are gone, housing is now nothing but equity to most people.
    If I had any decision making power, I would use a three tier approach to the housing problem. The rentals should be the first tier of the problem to be solved, if they are your livelihood, you should take better care of them and as a business it is part of your community responsibility. These poorly kept properties, their owner name and the renters name should be posted in the Lorain Journal. I can almost lay odds we will see a pattern emerge. If the landlords aren’t willing to keep up the rentals, then raise the real estate taxes on the rentals until they do. We all know they are a big part of the problem for the schools levy not passing. They tell their renters, if you vote for the levy, I’ll have to raise your rent to pay for it….maybe we need to work on rent stability before we try for another levy (just thinking out loud).

    The second tier is do what other communities around the U.S. have done, and begin tearing down the old housing and rebuilding new. Begin selling double lots. Most of the new houses are built on two of the lots instead of the postage stamp ones we grew up with. This isn’t Europe, these buildings/housing were never designed to last as long as they have!

    The third tier would be those that are low income or elderly, own their homes and need assistance with paying for the fix-ups. There is grant money for this and they should get those funds before the landlords get any funding for their rental property.

  • 6. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I agree Tammy-

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 3, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Well interesting public meeting – a couple of the comglomorate landlords were there but didn’t say much – Kent Sutton of this blogs fame left after I spoke :)

    the public made some excellent points and you could truly feel their frustration as to what had become of their neighborhoods ….
    I hope that this is not a flash in the pan……and some sort of “plan’ is developed….. hopefully one with imagination and accountability we will see

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