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City Shuts Down Mini-Mart

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Published on Nov 8, 2013

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- A mini-mart in Over-the-Rhine has been closed by the city due to building code violations. A building declared vacant sign went up on the front door of the Circle A Market at 13th and Vine late Friday morning, and customers were turned away. Building department documents say the structure was unsafe, with inadequate access and means of escape from upper floors and deteriorating walls. Capt. Gary Lee, Commander of police district 1, said the city has been dealing with the building for four years, with the owners promising to make repairs, but not living up to those promises. Lee says an appeal by the owners was denied Thursday, and the building was shut down Friday. Lee also says closing the mini-mart should help public safety, because there have been shootings in the area, a police officer was shot in the store, and the store is the, source of a lot of ongoing disorder, and generates, a lot of complaints from merchants trying to do business in the area. Katie Garber runs a clothing store next door. Garber says while the store did provide food, snacks, and other services for neighborhood residents, she believes the store owners, could have done a better job of preventing people from drinking in front of their storefront. They stay out there and drink all day. Garber said the closing of the store, Will affect my business in a positive way. Garber is also concerned about the structure itself. Porches in the rear of the building collapsed in July. Garber said she was in her store when that happened, and she worries that the building next to hers is dangerous. There has been no comment from the owners. If all the code violations are taken care of, the store could be allowed to reopen.

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