According to Channel 12, demolition crews started working at 9:00 a.m. to tear down the last house standing at the vacant 11-acre lot across from Rookwood Commons, site of the long-delayed proposed Rookwood Exchange development. Following a protracted court case challenging Norwood’s use of eminent domain that the Ohio Supreme Court decided in his favor, Joe Horney sold the two-family house for $1.25 million to the developer Jeffrey Anderson a year ago.
Channel 12 says, “Originally the Rookwood Exchange was planned as a $200 million complex including office space, retail, condos and a hotel. Now the developer Jeffrey Anderson Real Estate says its not clear what form the development will take because of the poor economy.”
11:15 AM UPDATE:Click here for the Enquirer’s version of today’s big event and Joe Horney’s quote: “I guess it’s just goodbye to a monument to Norwood’s stupidity. They can tear down the bricks and mortar, but they can’t destroy what we accomplished in the law books.”
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