Comments:This aging building looks about the same as it did in the 1993 photo on the Hamilton County Auditor's Web site: vacant with broken windows.
The building has changed hands several times in the past 10 years, most recently in June 2000, when Alex Garnett of Cincinnati acquired it.
Garnett says it will take $150,000 to do an average rehab on the building and $200,000 to do a "nice" one. His main problem has been a lack of city help, he says.
"The city would not loan me the money and give me the money they loan other people," Garnett says.
He couldn't immediately recall the names of the programs he applied for. However, Garnett has rehabbed property at 548 York St. and is working on a building at 1611 Race St.
BLIGHT OF THE WEEK is an effort to highlight the problem of abandoned buildings -- and who's responsible for them.