Hamilton’s Architectural Design Review Board earlier this year rejected a proposal by developer Mark Ayer to tear down the building at 2 N. 10th St. until it could see more final plans for the building with a modern, yet historic feel that would replace it.
Ayer also owns the large strip shopping center across the street with the Donatos restaurant, Family Dollar store and phone shops. He also owns the nearby property where he intends to build a Biggby Coffee shop.
The proposed new building would be constructed close to the street, similar to buildings from a century or more ago. Parking areas for the businesses would be behind the building and alongside it.
A city purchase of the property at 12 N. 10th St. would create a total footprint of approximately 0.7 acres on the city’s High Street corridor “and will help ‘square off’ the property to create a more developable corner,” Hufford wrote.
Under the proposed schedule for consideration of the purchase, council is to consider it next at its May 12 meeting, with a vote expected May 26.
The property now occupied by the house at 12 N. 10th St. “would be the access drive to the development,” Smith told council last week.
The 2 N. 10th St. property is in the Dayton Lane historic district, but city staff could not find an Ohio Historic Inventory sheet for the property.
Because of the “blighting influence” of the building at its high-profile location along a key entrance to the city, Hamilton staff had asked Ayer, who bought the property July 29, to seek permission to demolish the building, which had been a multi-family residence with “a history of code violations and public safety issues while it was owned by the previous owner,” according to a report to the architectural board.
Also, “the property has not had a functioning HVAC system for over a year and the tenants had been living at the residence without a heating system,” city staff wrote.