Demolition Forestalled! Metroparks Agrees to Wait a Year Before Tearing Down Historic Structure

Though the splashiest Metroparks headline today has to do with Euclid Beach, and the strict enforcement of a no-swimming policy there, other park-district news has crept into the pages (so to speak) of 

CEO Brian Zimmerman and Co. have agreed with the Village of Bentleyville not to demolish the historic McFarland House for at least a year.

Brenda Cain at reported the agreement, which Bentleyville officials are expected to vote on as an emergency measure at a meeting Wednesday.

Basically, over the next year, the Metroparks will assess the historic property (which, until recently, they'd been gung-ho to demolish for reasons unknown) and estimate a demolition cost.

Meanwhile, Bentleyville will work with local restoration groups, historical societies, engineers and volunteers to determine where the structure can be moved and how much that unwieldy process will cost.

Assuming Bentleyville finds a viable new home — Mayor Leonard Spremulli suggested that there's really only one possible village-owned site, a small park off Liberty Road — the Metroparks will donate the funds they would've spent on demolition to the relocation efforts. 

If Bentleyville is unsuccessful, the Metroparks will demolish as planned.

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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