Granville OKs demolish of downtown house after 20-year fight

Granville Village Council has approved demolition of a house at 209 E. College Street, adjacent to the downtown commercial district, after a 20-year effort by neighbors to save the house from being razed. The neighbors agreed to end their protest in exchange for promises by First Federal Savings to build a decorative screen on the street side of the parking lot it wants to build on the site, and to sell a second house it owns so that it remains a single-family home.

First Federal Financial savings got here a step nearer this week to demolishing a Granville home that has been the middle of a neighborhood dispute for 20 years.

The Granville Village Council voted Wednesday to provide conditional approval for demolition of a home at 209 E. Faculty St. that neighbors had been preventing to retain. For many of these 20 years, the late Gloria Hoover led a neighborhood struggle in opposition to the financial institution’s need to show the home subsequent to hers right into a car parking zone.

She and lots of of her neighbors argued that dropping the previous home would create a niche within the panorama and alter the character of their residential neighborhood adjoining to the village’s downtown industrial district.

After Hoover died in February at age 96, First Federal purchased her home at 213 E. Faculty, too.