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Two weeks to the day after the burn and public nuisance court declaration, 115-117 Gilman Ave. still featured in the covered backdrop of the Harmar Elementary Monday play.
“We’re talking about this haunted place and if there’s a villain there or something like that,” said Reagan Slaubaugh, 8, of Marietta, as she kicked a soccer ball with sophomores in the grass at the elementary school.
If no qualified receiver submits a letter of interest to the city by May 14 to visit the interior of the building, the city will proceed to a tender for the demolition of the structure.
If one or more letters of interest are submitted before this deadline, a visit to qualified receivers and / or interested demolition bidders will be organized in the structures by city officials the following week.
“I seriously doubt that this structure will remain standing on July 1 if someone does not enter the plate as a receiver”, Marietta City Legal Director Paul Bertram said Monday.
Frequent demolition bidder Ken Strahler, of Ken Strahler Masonry, said on Monday that a private resident had asked him to attend the tour and review the property stabilization costs that the city’s project engineer , Eric Lambert, noted in a structural assessment presented last. months before the judge as in “Immediate danger of collapse.”
If, as a result of this tour, a potential receiver comes forward, the following are required by state law for the Washington County Court of Pleas before naming the role:
1. A full estimate of the cost of labor, materials and any other development costs, including permits needed to reduce public nuisance.
2. The estimated income and expenses of the building and property on which it is located after the supply of materials and the completion of repairs and improvements.
3. The terms, conditions and availability of any financing necessary for the execution of the work and the supply of materials.
“It’s what I like to call a building plan and the financial means, in writing,” Bertram explained, echoing a separate section of the same section 3767.41 of the revised Ohio code.
This state law summarizes that “Before selecting an interested party, the judge will require the interested party to demonstrate its ability to quickly undertake the work and provide the necessary materials, in order to provide it with a viable financial and construction plan for the rehabilitation of the building as as described in division (D) of this section, and to provide a security for the execution of the works and the supply of materials. “
Such a plan must be submitted to the city no later than June 21 by any potential participant in the May tour.
At the same time that Slaubaugh performed on Monday, Bertram turned over the newspaper article and all of its copies to Judge John Halliday of the Washington County Court of Pleas regarding the official designation of the two properties as burn and public nuisance threatening public peace , health and safety.
Halliday ordered in a default hearing on April 19 that the city reduce the scourge and public nuisance, but those appointments and that order were not entered into the written court record until Monday afternoon.
“He got the draft last week,” Bertram said. “He has all of my copies to sign now.”
See the April 20 and 29 editions of The Times for more on the case’s arguments.
Bertram described the schedule announced in the Times legal ads Friday as a last chance for the Ohio Historical Society, local private developers, business owners or residents to get a pass to save the structures.
“Everyone is a private member of the public, this does not necessarily mean that it is the public interest”, he further explained on Monday. “Public interest, if there is a group of like-minded people who might want to save this and come together as a non-profit organization, you could probably say it would be in the public interest, but that’s nice with a fine line… From what I’ve seen, it’s more of a private than a public interest.
As Fort Street resident Tom Fenton noted in an email last Thursday to the mayor, director of security and legal director, in addition to the ward councilor and a private developer, residents of the Lower West Side have expressed a growing fear of the threat to properties. to peace, public health and safety for several years.
“The time for developers to make active and credible offers was years ago, but no later than August 13, 2020, when city council was discussing the allocation of money for the reduction. While the town fathers and neighbors of 115/117 were following all the rules, the developers were either not paying attention or standing back, biding their time ”. Fenton wrote. “The neighbors have made a commitment and are formalizing plans to transform 115-117 into an attractive and productive neighborhood green space, perhaps following the models of Knox Park and Paul Theisen Green Space. Discussions regarding the design included: reusing large stones from the foundation of Gilman Structure 115, planting part of the area as (a) vegetable garden, planting flowering pollinator items for the embellishment, the planting of the Doughty Peach that was brought to Marietta by the staff at Fort Harmar in the 1780s, and the installation of picnic tables or benches. At this time when green spaces are scarce, here is a chance to win green spaces to make the city more livable and more attractive.
Nods similar to the duration of the city’s battle against the burn at both properties were expressed in the public record of the Marietta City Council special business meeting and committee discussions on the same date.
“It seems to me that we have started to demolish this house,” said Councilor Mike Scales. “Three years, and we’re still going blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. My personal opinion is to tear it up, forget everything else and move on. Because if we start all the fun, well a calendar. If they miss a deadline, is there an excuse? “Well, yeah, we have an excuse. This is my biggest concern. “
According to Merriam-Webster, rigamarole is defined as confused or meaningless speech.
Summing up the discussion, Geoff Schenkel and Bertram, president of planning, zoning, annexation and housing, noted that the earliest the structure could be demolished at the city’s penny would be in June.
Bertram noted Thursday and Monday that if no qualified receiver, as defined by state law, submits a qualified construction plan with estimates and financial resources to complete the work in a “reasonable” schedule a second legal demolition publicity and an application file must be prepared.
“Sam and I used to drive around and look at all these old houses, and he would sometimes say for a really bad one, ‘it’s even beyond Nancy Hoy’,” Harmar manager Cheryl Cook described her late husband Samuel Cook. “Nancy really liked saving old properties and there was a lot she could do. But I think he would say that one on Gilman, it’s even beyond Nancy Hoy.
Nancy Borden Hoy, 85, of Marietta, died in October 2018 and was known locally for helping local residents and business owners register their properties on the National Register of Historic Places and known to the departments and agencies of the State for its preparation for navigation on the Muskingum River. Appointment of the historic district to the national register in 2007.
“She has done so much on the structures of historical registers and on the structures contributing to historic districts”, Bertram confirmed.
According to the National Park Service, 115-117 Gilman Ave. are designated as “Contributory structures” but are not specifically listed on the National Register of Historic Places in their own right, although noted as the home and offices of a certain Dr Seth Hart.
Hoy is noted as a preparer of the Historic Town of Marietta Inventory which describes the two properties on Gilman Avenue in a March 2003 document.
“Built by BI Gilman; sold to Seth Hart in 1836, physician, “ she wrote in the city document.
According to a set of public archival emails between the city’s development administrator and the state preservation office, the city has “No responsibility to coordinate” with the state preservation office under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to follow the judge’s order to reduce the nuisance and burning of both properties.
According to federal law, contributory structures are defined as a building “Which by location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association adds to the neighborhood’s sense of time and place and to historical development” (See 36 CFR – 67.5 – Significance Assessment Standards in Registered Historic Districts.)
Both Gilman structures are noted by National Park Service records of Marietta’s request to designate parts of the lower west side as the historic district of Harmar, which was first noted in federal records in December 1974 and put updated to expand the entire district in August 1993.
A separate home from Hart-Huling is recognized by the National Park Service and is the current home of Offenberger and White at 521 Fort Street, also in the Lower West.
Marietta also notes Hart Street on her city maps, on the lower east side of the Muskingum River.