Granville OKs demolish of downtown house after 20-year fight

First Federal Savings came a step closer this week to demolishing a Granville house that has been the center of a neighborhood dispute for 20 years.

The Granville Village Council voted Wednesday to give conditional approval for demolition of a house at 209 E. College St. that neighbors had been fighting to retain. For most of those two decades, the late Gloria Hoover led a neighborhood fight against the bank’s desire to turn the house next to hers into a parking lot.

She and many of her neighbors argued that losing the old house would create a gap in the landscape and change the character of their residential neighborhood adjacent to the village’s downtown commercial district.

After Hoover died in February at age 96, First Federal bought her house at 213 E. College, too.