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Fire-damaged Boxwood Drive home finally razed

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Anthony Williams with the Ransom Co. watches Friday, May 9, as company owner Lamont Ransom tears down the rest of a home at 1299 Boxwood Drive. In December 2012, the home was destroyed by two fires. It was finally razed as part of a city initiative to take care of abandoned properties.

A burned-out eyesore that has long been a thorn in the side of Forest Park residents is finally coming down.

A demolition order was issued last week for 1299 Boxwood Drive. Crews from the Ransom Co. tore down the building on Friday, May 9.

The 54-year-old, 2,358-square-foot home was heavily damaged by fire Dec. 11, 2012, and sustained further damage when fire erupted again two days later.

Much to the chagrin of Forest Park Civic Association members, there it sat until, thanks to an effort on the part of city officials to tear down the "worst of the worst" abandoned properties, a demolition and removal contract was granted to the Ransom Co. of Woodland Avenue. An employee of the firm last week said a crew was on another project but would soon be getting to work on the Boxwood Drive job.

Forest Park Civic Association President Ken Gilbert, who received word of the demolition and removal contract from neighborhood liaison Dick Graham, hailed that as a "success story." He brought up the subject at last week's Northland Community Council meeting, and suggested that cleared properties such as 1299 Boxwood Court might be converted into mini-parks to help correct a deficit in green space for the Northland area.

Also at last week's NCC session, officer Scott Clinger, the Columbus Division of Police's community liaison for one of the neighborhood's precincts, announced that a trial over the closing of Red Carpet Inn, 1289 E. Dublin-Granville Road, had concluded.

City officials closed the problem-plagued motel Jan. 22.

The judge in the case is expected to issue a ruling by the end of the month, Clinger said.

"We're pretty confident that they will also stay closed for a year when the order comes out," he said.

That would be in keeping with a ruling in the case of Columbus Inn and Suites, which was shut down in June 2013 as a public nuisance due to frequent police runs regarding drugs, prostitution and violence at the Zumstein Drive establishment.