Ohio Attorney General is calling for demolition of Warren, Ohio, hospital.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with Warren Mayor William Franklin and Warren Law Director Greg Hicks, have filed a lawsuit against the owners of the former St. Joseph Riverside Hospital that calls for the owners to demolish the property and reimburse the city for associated costs.
In a statement, Attorney General DeWine said, “The refusal of the owners of the former St. Joseph Riverside Hospital to maintain their property and demolish it after it had been condemned exhibits egregious neglect, which must be addressed. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has assisted cities in collecting the costs of demolition from grossly negligent property owners, and I am pleased to partner with the city of Warren to help combat blight and make this neighborhood safer for Warren families.”
A press release from the AG’s office notes that a lawsuit was filed in Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas against Euro-American Finance Network, Inc. and Ljubica Stefanovic, all of Leesburg, Fla., who own the former hospital property. The suit also named Slavoljub Stefanovic, president of Euro-American and Ljubica's husband as a defendant.
According to the Attorney General’s office, despite being cited for code violations, the owner took no action to address the violations or demolish the property. After receiving notice that the property needed to be demolished, the owners took no further action, which necessitated the need for today’s lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks to order the demolition of the property; declare the defendants responsible for costs incurred by the city of Warren in demolishing the property, and have the defendants reimburse the city for costs associated with the previous demolition of a separate structure and providing public safety services at the property. The lawsuit also seeks interest and costs associated with the lawsuit.