CINCINNATI — Golan Marom may not be from the West End, but he said feels a connection to the buildings in the neighborhood anyway.
“The architecture and the history of that area, I think, is really, really wonderful,” Marom, the CEO and founder of Zada Development, said. “I think that it’s unique in that it just has its own character to it.”
The developer from New York is fixated on redeveloping the Heberle Elementary School building on Freeman Avenue, a vacant property he acquired about two years ago. Built in 1929, the school has been closed since 2007 because of students’ declining enrollment and poor condition. Some in the neighborhood say the building has been languishing over time as evidenced by its cracked and boarded up windows, and the weeds springing up from the pavement in its front yard. In 2018, it was reported that a part of the building’s