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"We will demand that our leaders take us and this property serious and FIX IT" - "Citizen" Ed Hauser, May 26, 2006
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 11/27/2009 - 04:40.
In reviewing REALNEO for material on the historic Cleveland U.S. Coast Guard Station, to accompany these November 25, 2009, photographs and Thanksgiving Day Pans of the Coast Guard site, I came across the May, 2006, REALNEO discussion "COAST GUARD IDEAS" about what should be done with the site... with a lengthy vision from "Citizen" Ed Hauser.
Ed Hauser was the most active citizen EVER fighting for preservation of the Coast Guard Station, in extension of his long battle to preserve the green spaces surrounding the station, called Whiskey Island. So, Ed had a very developed position on how the Coast Guard Station fit into a beautiful, bigger picture for this important gateway of Cleveland.
His recommendations below are from May 26, 2006, and there has not been any good progress toward following his advice or generally planning reuse of the facility, preserving it, or stabilizing it from further decay since - it has largely been abandoned and decaying for the 3+ years since Ed wrote these recommendations, and is currently open to the elements, vagrants, and scrappers, all of which are actively destroying the place today.
On December 17, 2006, I posted to REALNEO the following update on Ed's work to save the Coast Guard Station, which contemplated taking legal action to force the city of Cleveland, which owns the property, to "keep the properties secure and water tight":
At the time, I indicated how little support there was among our other historic preservation leadership to save the Coast Guard Station:
Two years later, Ed Hauser was dead.
Three years later, the Dyer Coast Guard Station is in the decayed but still spectacular state it appears here, today.
The Coast Guard Station clearly may still be saved. But, we may need to file a citizens' lawsuit against the city of Cleveland, and we as a community must push for follow through on some of Ed's other recommendations, and come up with our own other plans to complete Ed's visioning, now that we and the Coast Guard Station are without Ed to lead the way.
We aren't doing so well, so far, are we?
Read on, enjoy a few more photos, and post your vision for the future of the historic Cleveland Coast Guard Station, in historic Cleveland... the head of the Cleveland Restoration Society has doubts that the Coast Guard station can be saved, and says we "want to be realistic".
What is realistic to you, real NEO?
Below is Ed Hauser's sensible vision for the future of the historic Milton Dyer U.S. Coast Guard Station, at Whiskey Island, Cleveland Harbor, posted as a comment to the "Coast Guard Ideas" discussion on REALNEO... still open for you to add your perspectives.