The Cowboys of Lorain- Part Two -The Demo Men!
I sat in the audience of a meeting with regard to Demolitions on Jan 18th at Lorain City Hall. The process was very polite and controlled – The Board Members trying their level best to be responsive , polite and to give due process in order to shy away from “law suits” against the city due to not following the procedures.The actions were very deliberate and staying within given parameters.
That is how we are different nowadays from the old west – we couch our opinions so as not to offend so we aren’t dragged into another courtroom. Most of the business on hand was cut and dried , only three of the homes set for demolition had anyone speak for them.
One was the home covered in Busters House Blog
3620 Clifton, Lorain with photos purchased two years ago for TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS – judge for yourself if this can be brought to a livable SAFE- quality of life dwelling for $17,000. I sincerely hope so – let us hope it becomes the poster child for HOW REHAB SHOULD BE DONE!
It is my understanding that the owners of 3620 Clifton presented an acceptable plan to the Board and will have to bring proof of progress to the next meeting on February 28th.
I know what I thought as I listened and I have a bridge in Brooklyn too, but fair is fair they, the owners ( JOHNSON NATHANIEL BARBEE JOSEPH
240 BRACE STREET ELYRIA, OH 44035) were there appealing the demolition decision they wanted to be heard as is their right and they were.
Alright, so they may have not been exactly truthful when stating the week before they only owned the property for a year- it was two- and those back taxes well that was literally not answered . But they got their “stay of demolition” to give them a chance at rehab.
Then this chap came up to the microphone,he rose with difficulty from his seat, he stumbled,limped his way across the floor , his face clouded with anxiety. He looked like he needed to be cared for and seemingly having the weight of the world on his shoulders – I actually felt sorry for this poor old geezer– er that is until I found out it was the infamous George Schneider - he of numerous blog posts and owner of hundreds of properties in this community.
I don’t know who I was more annoyed with - myself- for almost being taken in by his demeanor or the fact Georgie Porgy was asking for yet another of his properties to be given a 2nd chance. The appeals board denied his appeal but I bet you anything you like George’s attorney – Brett English will be back on the case “appealing” to a higher court.( Watch this space)
As I sat there with other audience members, I realized there were three scenarios happening in those chambers- all having different agendas- There was:
The Board - trying to be fair and equitable giving chances and listening to the ones appealing within the framework of the “process” – their faces thoughtful and polite.
The Pleaders – give us another chance puleeeeeeeze ( for any number of “reasons” as to why their property deemed unsafe etc. should be given another chance –
The Community – with the glut of diseased and disgraceful housing in our neighborhoods- we sat there wanting MORE- wanting to say what we really thought – not to be constricted by PC thinking or silenced by “The Process”- our faces- if not the spoken word- reflected on how we truly felt .
The Good – The Bad – and The UGLY
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