Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New Meiners Flats blog to aid in preservation effort

Though the wrecking permits have been pulled for Meiners Flats, much work remains to raise the funds to save it.

A new blog, Saving the Meiner Flats, is the new online effort to preserve the five-story building at (BIRD'S EYE in Over-the-Rhine.

Donations can be made directly on the site via PayPal.

A recent online pledge drive raised $4,960, which pledge drive leader Danny Klingler says is "critical for their symbolic value as an indication to the City of Cincinnati that numerous concerned individuals would like to see the building saved."

A petition will be posted soon asking the City to pledge $100,000 in building demolition funds for stabilization and rehabilitation of the structure.

Built in 1875 by the Meiner family to advertise their skills as stonemasons, the building has sat vacant for over 20 years.

A roof collapse, combined with bricks and pieces of cornice falling to the sidewalk below, forced the City to order an emergency demolition in March.

Previous reading on BC:
Preservation Magazine spotlights Meiners Flats (5/1/08)
Donate economic stimulus rebate to save 1500 Vine (4/15/08)
1502 Vine fast-tracked for demolition (3/10/08)


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