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Cleveland Building Owners to Continue Fighting After Building Razed

Posted: Jan. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Stanley Block building
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A feud between owners of a historic building in Cleveland won't end even when the building is razed by the city. Having fought one another in courts for almost two years, the building itself has become a danger to public safety. Rather than work together to save the building – or replace it with something better – its owners have lead the city to tearing the building down.

Frustrated with the lack of repairs to the Stanley Block building, the city of Cleveland decided this week to raze the historic downtown structure -- at a cost of $400,000.


Calling the building an "immediate danger to human life or health," the city's building department declared an emergency Tuesday and filed a notice with the Cleveland Housing Court on Wednesday.


A crane and other equipment will appear on Ontario Street on Friday. Demolition will start Saturday.


Knocking down the building won't end a fight among its owners, a deadlocked shareholder group that includes casino developer Rock Ohio Caesars LLC and members of the Maloof and Anter families.


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