Information from the Troy Historic Preservation Alliance
TROY - Two years. Two years since a weak EF0 tornado damaged nine buildings in downtown Troy. Owners of eight of those properties did the responsible thing and fixed theirs up. Today, the sidewalk remains closed in front of the ninth building: 112-118 W. Main St. (also known as the IOOF building, or Tavern building).
The City of Troy should have rejected the application for demolition of this building, and should have continued to pursue code enforcement action against the property owner. If it had, that sidewalk would be open now. Unfortunately, insurance proceeds from storm damage were pocketed instead, and our downtown's culture of stewardship was violated.
Now a Miami County Common Pleas Court judge is weighing our and others' appeal of city decisions authorizing demolition of one of the city's most historic buildings.
Picking winners and losers... this isn't how successful cities get things done. The time for lip service to our beautiful, historic downtown needs to end. Instead, we need to come together to figure out how best to preserve, restore, and repurpose these special places, which COLLECTIVELY make Troy such a desirable place to visit, work, and live. This discussion needs to be inclusive, community-minded, and solution-oriented.
The Troy Historic Preservation Alliance is committed to do its part to help bring about that change during the current six-month moratorium on demolitions in downtown Troy. City leaders must do the same.
(The following video link shows the tornado moving through downtown Troy. Damage to the 112-118 W. Main St. building can be seen at about the 30-second mark on the upper right side of your screen - www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgBMFmiiIho)