The 112-118 W. Main St. building was declared an unsafe structure and deemed a serious hazard by Rob England, Miami County chief building official. He cited in a Sept. 23 letter findings in a structural engineer’s report that trusses and connections have failed, and load bearing masonry walls show extensive deterioration. The letter ordered the building vacated. It was received by the owner Oct. 1.
“I have been working with the owner’s broker, Ben Redick at Bruns, to help seek the best option for everyone,” England said via email. “However, when a building is deemed unsafe, the code spells out we must put a reasonable time frame for repair or the building in question must be razed.”
England has been asked to join the Oct. 28 commission discussion on the building.
Letter writers raised questions for the commission including if an independent third party had been brought in to assess the building and whether the building was fully insured.
Lifelong city resident Doug Tremblay listed for the commission 10 buildings whose demolition was part of “serious debate” before that option was not selected in recent years including buildings near the Public Square where there were roof collapses and other issues, and someone stepped up to repair.
“Troy has to stop tearing down the old buildings that make us charming and desirable or we will run out of old buildings,” Tremblay wrote.
Attorney Jeremy Tomb owns buildings to the west of the Tavern building near the corner of West Main and Plum streets. In a letter to the commission, he questioned why nothing was done to require work on the building following the January tornado. saying he emailed the city in July expressing concerns about its maintenance. “Ten months that building has sat basically unattended to and with no citations or actual stabilization efforts, so I do not understand the urgency now,” Tomb said.
The building owner wrote in the application that, “While we recognize that this property once contained one of Miami County’s courthouses, it is far removed from those historic days. Prior to our ownership, the property underwent several renovations, alterations and additions. As a result, the first-floor space is now unrecognizable from its original state. In fact, the only portion of the building that is even remotely recognizable in its original state is the rear two-story structure. The upper floors have been completely ignored for decades. And while that was known at the time of purchase, the storm damage from January’s tornado has now made it fiscally unsound to repair and renovate those areas.”
The demolition application includes a repair estimate of $659,788 and demolition estimate of $169,470.
A possible future of the property if the building is removed is for parking, according to the proposal.
The Troy city staff recommended approving demolition.
Troy Mayor Robin Oda, a planning commission member, pointed out the county’s letter said removal, if the option, was needed in 60 days. Alan Kappers, commission chairman, said his interpretation was the unsafe condition must be resolved in 60 days with options to also include a plan for repair within that timeframe.