Been round my block lately? Lorain’s story
ED Note I am sending these thoughts to the City for tonight”s meeting –
To the Administration and City Council, Community Development
Just take a walk across the park, from whence this city started – go west along 4th street – two blocks to my block of 4th street – you don’t need to go far to see Lorain and what has happened since those founding fathers platted the city from the corner of that little park….. Come take a tour —-
One Block on 4th street – what happens here on my block IS Lorain’s story
One school – Irving- closed by Lorain City School system – used as storage for two years- sold- rehabbed and now opening in the fall as a “Charter School” – gone is Lorain City Schools from my block- my taxes will pay for a neighborhood school at least and not a warehouse.
15 homes are on my block
4 rentals- ( 3 multifamily units)
3 empty homes- (2 of which are derelict)
8 owner occupied ( 6 of which have owners now that are considered senior citizens)
One home is of significant historical value- this home of one of the founding family members of this city – Gilmore- and still has a direct descendent under its roof. There are other homes that have historical value but their worth is fading fast
The remaining 7
4 rentals – One good landlord, One bad , Two indifferent ,
3 of which are multi-unit rentals
One multifamily – used to be a single family home – one unit or another always up for rent – with a side business of car repair
One multifamily – with a temporary roof fix of a blue tarp with 2 by 4’s ( must work because that temporary fix has been there for at least 3 years. )
One multifamily– A GOOD multifamily rental with a landlord who is involved and keeps his property clean and a good neighbor.
One supposedly single family home rental ( used to be owner occupied until the owner died and couldn’t sell the house) The house has fallen badly into disrepair in two short years- more than one family in the house- broken storm window lay like solar panels on the porch roofs. The owner (Landlord) never available .
One – Foreclosed( twice) now being dumped by the bank onto the market – for a great loss $13,000- a loss of over 50 thousand dollars since it sold in 2004 and effecting market values of remaining homes.
Two- derelict homes one scheduled for demolition the other vacant and derelict for 40 years !!!!!!!
The stats tell the tale the owner occupied 8 just over 50 percent …..but 80 percent of those owners are nearing their sell by date – What will happen to those homes – do you think after we are dead new young families will move in as owners or will they too become rentals? The history has shown, on this block, they become rentals! And remember seniors and income tax???
Of the remaining 7 homes
Nearly 60 percent are rentals( business of rentals) and 43 percent are abandoned/ derelict ….
Those who have looked out from the windows of City Hall the 7th , 5th and 3rd floor for the past decades – who can see this little block from those windows and those that walk out of the council chambers only have to open their eyes to see what has happened to Lorain- HER story is here and is still being written!
The ordinances have always been on the books- enforcing them is another “story”- Time to start!!!!