262 Klotter Ave.

Address: 262 Klotter Ave., Clifton HeightsYear Built: 1890Owner: Richard MadlenerProperty Value: $25,000Comments: Practically every house on this street has been rehabbed, according to a

Nov 7, 2002 at 2:06 pm
Jymi Bolden

Address: 262 Klotter Ave., Clifton Heights

Year Built: 1890

Owner: Richard Madlener

Property Value: $25,000

Comments: Practically every house on this street has been rehabbed, according to a Klotter Avenue resident. This one has not. It's been condemned.

"The most incredible views of the city are from the other side of the street," says a neighbor, who asked not to be named. "It's a decent street. It's a gem, but then you've got this blight stuck in the middle. It just so doesn't fit."

Some of the other buildings on the street have recently sold for prices ranging from $200,000 to more than $300,000.

The owner of this house doesn't want to sell it but doesn't want to fix it either, according to Marge Halpin, an inspector with the City of Cincinnati Department of Buildings and Inspections.

Halpin says people have tried to contact the owner to buy the property and fix it up, but they have gotten no response.

"It's been vacant since at least '92," she says. "He obviously started work on it and then he stopped."

The owner fixed the roof. The inside, however, is gutted, Halpin says.

"It's probably not bad enough to tear down because the outside structure is pretty decent," she says.

The property is in foreclosure, but the owner has made arrangements to forestall it, according to the Hamilton County Auditor's Office. The owner is making arrangements to pay back taxes.

The owner of the building did not respond to a letter seeking comment.

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