City of Cleveland misses important deadline; Old Humphrey Mansion demolished (photos)

9:39 AM, Sep 16, 2005   |    comments
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But, time has now run out because the City of Cleveland missed an important deadline. One year ago, we told you about efforts to save the last standing monument to Euclid Beach Park. The big Stucco house was built in the late 1800’s - designated a historic landmark. A preservation group and Kent State University had come up with a plan to open up the lakefront and restore the old mansion. The property owners from Dallas, Texas want that space to put up more mobile homes in their big trailer park and the house stood in their way. So, when the City of Cleveland missed an important deadline to appeal, the buildings fate was set. When the owners and their attorney noticed that the city had blown their deadline, they were ready to go. They had a big front-end loader on the property and this building was gone in just a couple of hours. “Who ever made that mistake needs to be held accountable,” said Councilman Mike Polensek. “As I said in a letter to the mayor, they need to be disciplined or fired.” “If the councilman wants to take that tack and say this is malfeasance, then he needs to have a conversation with his own council colleagues … one of which is on the commission,” said Chris Ronayne, Mayor’s Chief of Staff. One of the neighbors took pictures as the backhoe began mangling the old house. Within a few hours, every connection with the past was crushed. Thousands of Cleveland residents still remember the glory days when Euclid Beach was the place to go in the summer and fall. “We used to swim in the fountain and the pool and everything … I’m heartbroken,” said former Euclid Beach employee Ruth Rasch. “[It was a] slow death year by year … nobody to take care of it,” added resident Steve Myer. Now the only thing left from days of Euclid Beach - the stone and brick entrance sign. There was supposed to be meeting Thursday night in the neighborhood to talk about the plans for the Humphrey Mansion. Now, there’s not much to talk about. The building is history.

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