It's a sad fact that any old house in the Second Ward that survived the devastation of urban renewal in the 1970s is an easy target for demolition today. Today another abused survivor is going down: 12 North Second Street. It is a little known fact, apparently, that this house is/was a contributing structure in the locally designated Warren Street Historic District. No certificate of appropriateness was sought for its demolition.
In 2010, this house was on Bill Hughes' "wish list" of houses that could be demolished to build replacement units for Bliss Towers. Tax records indicate that the house was once part of Phil Gellert's "Northern Empire." In 2003, it was acquired by Galvan Partners, and in 2012, ownership was transferred from Galvan Partners to the not-for-profit Galvan Initiatives Foundation.
According to code enforcement officer Craig Haigh, this was an "emergency demolition," which bypassed the Historic Preservation Commission and was signed off on by Mayor Bill Hallenbeck and city attorney Carl Whitbeck. Presumably the emergency demolition was necessary because the house, which has been owned by Galvan for more than a decade, was falling apart and presented a public safety hazard.
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