House Where Detective Novel Written May Be Razed For Parking Lot

ONEONTA ZONING BOARD TO DECIDE

House Where Detective

Novel Written May Be

Razed For Parking Lot

GOHS Executive Director Bob Brzozowski strolls past 31 Railroad St., where famous “Philo Vance” mysteries were being written a century ago. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – The Salvation Army will ask the city Zoning & Housing Board of Appeals to allow them to demolish the home at 31 River St. following a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24.

The home is believed to have been where Willard Huntinton Wright, as S.S. Van Dine, wrote “The Benson Murder Case,” the first of 12 novels starring detective Philo Vance.

The Salvation Army’s application states that the building will be demolished to make a parking lot. The notice states that there will be three Reviews: SEQR, Site Plan Review, and Area Variance.


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