The building already was under a purchase contract with another party while due diligence was being performed. That offer to buy included a condition for building demolition with an eye toward developing a boutique hotel on the site.
The Planning Commission earlier heard public comments on the proposal. It did not allow public comments Monday, only questioning of city staff. A legal question that led the commission to table the request in late September was resolved, the commission was told.
Commission members Jim McGarry, Mayor Robin Oda, Service/Safety Director Patrick Titterington and Ed Westmeyer voted “yes” on the demolition while commission Chairman Alan Kappers and members Sandra Ehrlich and Larry Wolke voted “no.”
Kappers said before the vote he thought the reuse plan accompanying the application for demolition was “inadequate.”
Immediately following the commission vote, most of the audience left the meeting before the commission concluded its business.
“We are disappointed that four members of the planning commission, including the mayor, turned their backs on a win-win solution for the community by supporting this fatally flawed application for demolition. This is a sad day for Troy,” the Troy Historical Preservation Alliance said in a written statement requested following the meeting.
The organization is “exploring all of our options,” representative Loraine Wyatt said.
“We are disappointed in the planning commission’s decision. The library is in dire need of additional space and we saw the library’s potential purchase of the building as a win for the city, the library, the community and Mr. Kimmel,” said Rachelle Via, director of the Troy Miami County Public Library. “We felt our offer was a good start—considering we were not allowed in the building - and were looking forward to negotiating further.”