Steubenville planners sent neighborhoods to City Council

STEUBENVILLE — The city Planning and Zoning Commission set the stage for the 20th Neighborhood Conservation District Monday night when the board accepted a petition from the residents of Brady Circle, Granard Parkway, Hamilton Place, Jackson Place, Longford Drive, Norton Place, William Place, the 1800 block of Columbia Avenue and the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Oregon Avenue.

The planning commission will send a letter to City Council today requesting the introduction of legislation establishing the Neighborhood Conservation District and scheduled a public hearing for the Nov. 6 meeting.

“Over the past several months we have met as a neighborhood to garner information and answer questions pertaining to this conservation district. We have had dedicated volunteers going around talking with many neighbors and obtaining signatures for our petition,” according to former 3rd Ward Councilman and neighborhood resident Greg Metcalf.

“We have 156 signatures in favor of this issue which represents 74 percent of the 212 structures in our district. Our goal in obtaining this status is to preserve the attractiveness and structural integrity of the Brady Estates neighborhood. We want to maintain and hopefully increase the valuation of our properties that we have worked hard to own and improve over the years,” continued Metcalf.

In other business Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi reported two companies submitted bids for four dilapidated properties set for demolition and RSV Inc. was the low bidder on all four buildings.

“One of the buildings on this demolition list is the house that burned to the ground Sunday morning. If anyone out there thinks they are helping us by setting these recent fires that is wrong,” declared Petrossi.

“When you have a fire in a building with asbestos, even a small amount, that is considered co-mingled by a fire. Everything left after the fire has to go to a landfill that accepts asbestos material. Once that is completed the demolition contractor can then fill the site with dirt and grade it. But it may affect the final cost of the demolition. And 442 S. Fourth Street had a considerable amount of asbestos,” explained Petrossi.

Petrossi also said he has completed a tentative demolition list of 94 dilapidated properties in the city.

“I stress a tentative list but a property can be removed if the owner does his or her own demolition or makes improvements. That list can change. I hope we will have a group of properties set for demolition bids by the October Planning Commission meeting,” said Petrossi.

(Gossett can be contacted at dgossett@heraldstaronline.com.)

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