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Board Denies Partial Demolition of Mainstrasse House

A request to tear down part of 320 Pershing Avenue was denied by Covington's urban design review board this week.

The property, owned by Gerry Blaschke, has been cited by the city's code enforcement department. The owner, who was not present at Monday's meeting, had requested permission to tear down what he referred to as an addition on the rear of the property. UDRB members did not believe that it was an addition and was instead part of the original structure built between 1877 and 1886.

"I don't see it as an addition," said board member Jim Guthrie, an architect. "To me, it seems this would have been built at the same time as the main house."

The property suffers from heavy roof damage in the back. "It seems it would be just as cost-effective to repair the roof and maintain the property (than to tear down the back)," said board member Emily Wolff.

The board, in rejecting the request, also determined that there were no structural deficiencies to the property but that razing the back portion of it could cause some. An unused Jacuzzi has also been placed against the property's wall, an eyesore for at least one neighbor.

"The place has been neglected for a long time," said Alma Puissegur who owns a building on Sixth Street directly behind 320 Pershing.

"In my opinion, it's not an add-on. It's part of the original building," she said. She also called another of Blaschke's building, the one that houses Cosmo's, "disgusting". "We have good property owners and land owners and less than desirable ones. Mr. Blaschke is one of the latter ones and we all know it."

The decision can be appealed to the city commission.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: 320 Pershing Ave/Google maps