Fort Thomas resident and photographer, Chris Stegner, is volunteering his services to the city of Fort Thomas by photographing the inside of the vaunted VA homes in Alexander Circle.
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The city will hold the property while the selected project developer, Bloomfield/Schon, finishes paper work to secure an Industrial Revenue Bond, or IRB, necessary for purchase of the property.
The ten nationally registered historic structures are empty and have been vacant for the last 15 years, suffering extreme damage and disrepair.
The VA sold the homes at a $510,000 purchase price. The price is the appraised value of the homes and will be refunded once asbestos and lead cleanup at the homes is complete.
In a Facebook post, Stegner said that he's been working on this project for "six months or more."
There are some rough spots, and the city doesn't want the liability of lots of people going through. I have shot a variety of stuff for the city for a while now and volunteered to document the homes for historical purposes for the city and museum. They wanted to document them anyway, so it saves them the cost of hiring someone. In case anyone is considering going it on their own... I would highly suggest not doing so! You will be trespassing. I saw a few signs that showed people have been in a couple, and the city has taken some pretty strong steps to secure them. You will be caught. I shoot a lot of abandoned structures, but NEVER break in... nor should anyone else.