>> RELATED: Tipp City: Collapsed historic building poses ‘imminent threat’
With the Fast letter, John Green, city finance director and acting city manager, contacted other city officials and suggested the city hold off on any enforcement action. The issue should be revisited early next week, Green said in the email to City Manager Tim Eggleston, Law Director Jonathan Freeman and others.
“We will still need to pursue Mr. Senseman for a schedule regarding when he will make the necessary repairs to comply with the Miami County building codes and Tipp City Zoning Codes,” Green said in the email.
The building was constructed in the late 1880s on the site of a mill that had been destroyed by fire, according to information from the Tippecanoe Historical Society. It was the home of a company that made whips for operators of horse drawn buggies. It later was a blacksmith shop, an auto dealership and an antique business.
Fast wrote in letter that the building “does not pose a threat to the public.” If a wall that some feared might collapse would have collapsed, it would have been eastward into a grove of trees and not north toward the street, he said.
“The building, under qualified structural engineering directions, may be repaired so that it may be occupied and continue to be a part of Tipp City’s historic district to attract tourism,” Fast wrote.