Demolition is underway at one of Cincinnati's oldest neighborhoods. Historic Glencoe Place will soon be no more.
The row houses line Glencoe Place and Leroy Court in Mount Auburn, near Linwood Park and Christ Hospital. Local 12's Paula Toti reported from the neighborhood earlier today.
There's no disputing the set of buildings are over one hundred years old and haven't been lived in for more than a decade. Tim Ruffner is one of the many Mount Auburn residents upset to see the wrecking ball already concerned about the expansion of Christ Hospital. "It's too late for Mason and now Glencoe. When will neighbors start questioning?" asks Ruffner.
They are questioning and speculating online while watching the quick wrecking ball progress. There's still an old sign that says the property will be condos, but that's for a plan that went bust when the housing bubble burst.
The site is on the National Register of Historic Places but hasn't always been considered historically significant. Christ Hospital has long been rumored to want this as land for expansion. The hospital representatives claimed they had no investment in the land. The Mason expansion is for the hospital's new visitor garage and orthopedic and spine center.
The secrecy and speed is why neighbors like Ruffner are concerned. "Where does it end?" asks Ruffner.
We don't know for sure but on the auditor's website the property is owned by Leroy Glen Investment LLC. It shows a 4th street address ... shared by Eagle Realty Group, an arm of Western and Southern Financial Group.