Troy PC to the table demo application

TROY — According to the provided agenda, the Troy Planning Commission will most likely table the demolition application for the 112-118 W. Main St. building in the city’s historic district on Wednesday.

The Planning Commission meets online due to the social distancing requirements related to COVID-19. The meeting can be viewed online using the Zoom meeting platform at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84332371022 or Meeting ID: 843 3237 1022 or on the city’s Facebook page. The meeting can be viewed later on the city’s YouTube page. The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The demolition application has been requested to be tabled again at the request of the applicant Randy Kimmel, the owner of 112-118 W. Main St., who filed an application to demolish the building and turn it into a parking lot with the city of Troy on Sept. 2. The request was noted on the planning commission’s agenda.

The city of Troy has also commissioned Wolpert Group, an engineering firm, to conduct an engineering report of the building for the commission to review. That contract cost is not to exceed $10,000. According to the contract, the scope of services includes a peer review and value engineering services and coordinate site visits and the project is expected to take 1 to 2 months.

The building was once the site of the former Miami County courthouse (1841-1888) and a historic three-story building along West Main Street that is nearly 120 years old. In the application, Kimmel states the tornado damage in January has rendered the building unsafe and will cost nearly $660,000 to renovate.

Chairman Al Kappers noted the more than 118 pages of materials sent to the commission from public feedback, including a civil engineer’s written opinion.

Other planning commission agenda items:

• First United Methodist Church petition for vacation of a 12-foot-by-66-foot alley located south of West Franklin Street running off of West Canal Street. Commissioners willmake a recommendation to the city council.

• Design of the city of Troy’s new Fire Station One to be located at 110 E. Canal St.

• Application to have the Riverfront/Downtown Overlay District applied to the block of East Canal Street between South Walnut and South Mulberry streets along with half of the block between East Canal and East Race streets. The zone is currently B-3 Central Business District. The applicant is the city of Troy. A public meeting will be held for this application at the commission’s next scheduled meeting.