The ongoing dispute between Portsmouth City Council and Shawnee State University regarding a building front with a chain link fence barricade disrupting sidewalks on Chillicothe Street was again revisited.
During his 4th Ward report, Councilman Jerrold Albrecht voiced his grievances with the University and what he considers a lack of cooperation on their part during Monday a council meeting Monday evening.
“I would like to bring up the subject of conditions of the building on Chillicothe Street that’s owned by Shawnee State,” said Albrecht. “It’s a danger to citizens, and there’s no doubt in my mind that if that building was on Shawnee’s Campus it would have been fixed a long time ago. I don’t know if we have an ordinance that would enable us to fine them for each day that it’s not fixed, but they’ve had plenty of time to fix it so there’s no excuse whatsoever.”
Albrecht mentioned two instances where City Council has made accommodations for SSU, and questioned their willingness to reciprocate. “They wanted us to close off Third Street, because the students would not have to look to see if there’s cars coming, which we did. Then they wanted a change so they could have archery class, we did that. Seems like being a good neighbor is a two way street, give and take. But it seems like there’s an awful lot of taking and not a lot of giving. If we don’t have an ordinance I’d like to see it on the city manager’s agenda next week, on emergency status, get a vote in and get something done,” Albrecht said. “It’s almost to the point that it’s silly.”
The Daily Times reached out to SSU for comment on the situation and received the following statement: “We appreciate the frustration of those who feel the fencing on Chillicothe Street is an eyesore. Safety remains our paramount concern and we are working with the city manager on both an immediate plan to open the sidewalk and a long-term plan to develop the property in a manner that compliments our $4.4 million investment in the adjacent Innovation Hub building.”
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