At this moment, these two houses--really a double house--at 251 and 249 Columbia Street are being demolished.
The two houses have been sad and abandoned for a while now. They were often mentioned back in 2010 as a potential location for scattered site housing, when there was talk of replacing Bliss Towers. The tax rolls indicate they were acquired by a new owner in March 2017. Now they are being demolished.
Recently, the two houses across the street, at 248 and 250 Columbia, were demolished to make way for a pair of new multiple unit houses.
According to a Gossips source, close to 75 percent of the properties on the south side of the 200 block of Columbia Street have changed ownership in the last year or so. To quote that source, "What was probably the most blighted block in the city is beginning to see a lot of investment." It remains to be seen what that investment will bring.
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