Board votes against demolishing former Dennison Hotel

Dennison Hotel (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW File)
Dennison Hotel (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW File)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Downtown Cincinnati building ruled one of the most endangered historic sites in the state is staying up, for now.

The Cincinnati Historic Conservation board voted 3-2, denying a request to demolish the former Dennison Hotel on Main Street.

The building is currently owned by Columbia REI, a group comprised of members of the Joseph Automotive family. Owners petitioned to demolish the building with plans to turn it into a parking facility.

That plan was met with backlash from various local preservation groups who argued that the family planned on tearing it down when they bought it, a move that would be against historic preservation laws.

The Cincinnati Homeless Coalition was also against the proposal, urging the city and the board to bring affordable housing to the building.

Throughout a series of hearings that began in May, lawyers for the Joseph family argued that the building was too expensive to rehabilitate. However, at today's hearing the board said that owners didn't prove that the building was beyond repair, fueling it's decision to preserve the site.

But if you think the case is over, think again.

Owners say they plan to appeal today's decision by taking the case to the city zoning board of appeals, a legal battle that could last years.

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