Poindexter Tower Demolition
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- June 25, 2011 5:05 pm at 5:05 pm #87132
Vacant East Side Condo Likely To Be Demolished Soon
By MIKE BOWERSOCK
Published: June 24, 2011
An east Columbus icon that is also an eyesore will likely be demolished by the end of the year Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if not sooner.
Poindexter Tower, a ten-story condominium project that has sat vacant since 2003, is on the verge of being torn down.June 25, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm #449610
Glad to hear it, the building certainly isn’t benefiting the neighborhood now.April 26, 2012 7:52 pm at 7:52 pm #449611
Funds to Demolish Blighted Poindexter Tower Up for Approval
Poindexter Tower has sat vacant and blighted on the Near East Side for many years and has been declared a public nuisance. In an effort to rid the neighborhood of the blight, Mayor Michael B. Coleman has forwarded legislation to City Council asking for approval of funds to enter an agreement to begin the process of demolition of the towers. The city will enter into an agreement for more than $1 million with Homrich, Inc. for the asbestos abatement and demolition of the property located at the southwest corner of Mt. Vernon and Champion avenues.
“This vacant and abandoned monument to blight has plagued this neighborhood for far too long,” Mayor Coleman said. “The removal of this structure will be another step toward the revitalization of the Near East Side.”
The City of Columbus and Franklin County Treasurer Ed Leonard’s Office are collaborating on the demolition effort, with the County contributing $110,000. The property consists of 101 vacant condominium units within a 10-story multi-family building. All but three of the units are owned by the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation, a nonprofit organization controlled by the Franklin County treasurer. The units were acquired by tax foreclosure or donation, under a joint effort between the City of Columbus and the treasurer.
“This demolition shows how intergovernmental cooperation can help build a safer, healthier community,” said Councilmember Zach M. Klein, chair of the Development Committee. “I would like to thank Treasurer Leonard for his leadership to help clear this vacant property and return it to productive use.”
Homrich, Inc. was selected from a total of 11 firms who responded to a request for proposals. Homrich expects to begin asbestos removal next month, which will take three to four months and will then move forward with the demolition of the tower late summer.
“The County fought the long and expensive legal battle to gain control of the building,” Treasurer Leonard said. “The demolition of this eyesore in this community demonstrates what can be accomplished when Franklin County and the City of Columbus work together.”April 27, 2012 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm #449612
City makes plans to pull down Poindexter Tower
By Mark Ferenchik
The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday April 26, 2012 3:49 PM
Poindexter Tower is finally coming down. The long-vacant 10-story building, windowless for years, should be demolished by late summer, said John Turner, who manages Columbus’ land redevelopment office. The Columbus City Council will vote on a $1.1 million contract with Homrich, Inc., of Detroit, to tear down the brick building on N. Champion Avenue on the Near East Side.
READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/04/26/Poindexter-tower-to-come-down.htmlOctober 16, 2012 1:45 pm at 1:45 pm #449613
Demolition of Poindexter Tower to Begin Tomorrow
Published on October 16, 2012 9:40 am
After years of sitting vacant, the wrecking ball arrives tomorrow to begin demolition of the 10-story Poindexter Tower building located on Mount Vernon Avenue on the Near East Side.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/demolition-of-poindexter-tower-to-begin-tomorrowOctober 17, 2012 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm #449614
Demolition Begins on Blighted East Side Tower
Demolition work began today on a 10-story building on the Near East Side that has been blighted and vacant for more than seven years. Mayor Michael B. Coleman was joined by Councilmember Zach M. Klein, Franklin County Treasurer Ed Leonard, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and neighborhood leaders as destruction started of the 101 condominium units known as Poindexter Tower located at 1253 Mt. Vernon Ave.
“As this monument to blight comes down, we see signs of hope spring up all around it,” Mayor Coleman said. “From the Lincoln Theater to University Hospital East, this neighborhood is on the rebound.”
The 101 units were acquired through a joint effort between the City of Columbus and Treasurer Leonard Office. The order to demolish was granted late last year by the Environmental Section of the Franklin County Municipal Court. The total cost for the demolition and asbestos abatement is about $1 million. The city is demolishing the structure and will be reimbursed for half of the cost through federal mortgage settlement funds from Franklin County Treasurer Leonard and Attorney General DeWine.
“This abandoned property was once a source of pride for residents, providing quality housing in this neighborhood,” said Councilmember Zach M. Klein, chair of Development Committee. “It is important to see the collaboration between many different levels of government to help return this site to a productive use for the community.”
All but three of the units are owned by the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation, a nonprofit organization that runs the Franklin County Land Bank program. For more than two years, Mayor Coleman worked with City Attorney Rick Pfieffer and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien to gain control of the building to allow this demolition to happen.
“This has been an ongoing effort to protect property values and making our neighborhoods safer by eliminating and redeveloping abandoned and delinquent properties,” Treasurer Leonard said. “I am proud that after spearheading this effort and bringing together the resources needed to take action to resolve all of the legal, financial and environmental matters, we are finally in position to remove this long standing scar on this emerging neighborhood.
Demolition of the building is expected to take up to three weeks.
“Across Ohio, communities like the City of Columbus and Franklin County have begun to remove blight caused by the foreclosure crisis,” Attorney General DeWine said. “I am pleased the Ohio Attorney General’s Demolition Grants could help in the demolition today of the former Poindexter Tower complex.”October 17, 2012 7:47 pm at 7:47 pm #449615October 20, 2012 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm #449616November 19, 2012 2:00 am at 2:00 am #449617November 19, 2012 6:10 pm at 6:10 pm #449618January 28, 2013 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm #449619
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