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Historic buildings in OTR "adopted" and preserved

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- There's a certain beauty to Cincinnati and that's especially true in Over-The-Rhine where the whole neighborhood is in the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the buildings there have seen better days, sure. And now a grad student has found a way to bring the buildings back to life. One of the old buildings on Hamer Street in OTR has weathered many storms. It used to be an old tailor shop. But now it's getting a much needed facelift and will become home to three apartments.Building owner John Blatchford said, "We got historic preservation tax credits so we're doing a historic renovation. A lot of the original windows and floors and interior woodwork and stuff like that." Blatchford became the owner of the building with the help of "OTR A.D.O.P.T." The organization is the brainchild of Danny Klingler, who originally came up with the idea as a thesis in his grad school program.Brenden Regan from OTR A.D.O.P.T. said, "And now we have two employees and we've been involved in over 30 buildings, but directly owned and saved about 20 buildings."OTR A.D.O.P.T. matches the right owners with the city's deteriorating old buildings. And the owners get the buildings below market cost. People working for the organization want to save the fabric of OTR and help with the neighborhood's revitalization. They said it's a great way for the right owner to adopt a piece of Cincinnati history.The organization has projects in the city's other neighborhoods. Eventually the idea will be to expand to other areas like the West End, Mount Auburn and Walnut Hills.OTR A.D.O.P.T. is always looking for potential owners to invest. If you're interested in learning more CLICK HERE.

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