1 Le Roy Court, Mount Auburn

Address: 1 Le Roy Court, Mount AuburnOwner: Mellissa MallinValue: $138,600Year Built: 1875Comments: A few years ago this building and the five others that make up the Glencoe Apart

Doug Trapp

Address: 1 Le Roy Court, Mount Auburn

Owner: Mellissa Mallin

Value: $138,600

Year Built: 1875

Comments: A few years ago this building and the five others that make up the Glencoe Apartments were a hot spot for drugs — so much so that Cincinnati City Council considered putting a street camera in this semi-isolated block of Mount Auburn.

Today this steeply inclined block of 1870s-era buildings in the shadow of Christ Hospital is a vacant and eerily quiet scene. On a recent weekday afternoon, there were only a couple of small kids playing at the lower end of the streets and a couple of young women passing through. Weeds are establishing a foothold, especially between some of the buildings in the middle of the block.

The phone for the Mount Auburn Good Housing Foundation, which used to own 1 Le Roy Court, is turned off. The new owner, Mellissa Mallin of West Chester, received the building July 5 for free, according to the Hamilton County Auditor's Office. An attempt to reach her was unsuccessful.

The city has a condemnation order on the building; but Dave Edwards, inspections supervisor in the Department of Buildings and Inspections, says he will recommend giving Mallin a chance to do something.

Someone removed the wood from Mallin's building, leaving the top two stories open to weather. But the building is otherwise in good shape, according to Edwards. The other Glencoe buildings are sealed tight.

Attempts to reach the agent of the Mount Auburn Good Housing Foundation and members of the Mount Auburn Community Council were unsuccessful.

BLIGHT OF THE WEEK is an effort to highlight the problem of abandoned buildings — and who's responsible for them.

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