The trustees of the library vote on an offer for the tavern building in Troy

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The building is owned by Randy Kimmel from Covington.

It was home to an early district court and was damaged by the January 2020 tornado that hit downtown.

A group of local residents worked to convince the commission to refuse to demolish it and to save the building. The Troy Historic Preservation Alliance previously held a rally outside the building calling for the saving of its history and has been running a public campaign to do so.

Several members of the public attended the library board meeting on Wednesday and offered to help with a library project should it move forward. At the last meeting of the planning committee for the demolition, some offers of help were repeated, including one for masonry work to repair the building parapet; an offer of mechanical engineering support; and another for writing grants.

The planning commission is due to meet again on Monday, October 11th.

The current demolition application is supported by municipal employees. The written re-use proposal for the demolition permit includes filling in the site and preparing for development.

The Commission was informed on September 28 that there was a contract to buy the building with the aim of building a boutique hotel in its place. The demolition of the existing brick building from 1840 and 1902 is a prerequisite for the sale by prospective buyers.

“We have had a valid sales contract for the property since last month, which is still binding. So far we have not received any further offers for the property, ”said Ben Redick, broker for Bruns Realty Group, who works with Kimmel and his company, on Thursday.

The library offer should take place this week.

The Troy Historic Preservation Alliance said Thursday that “the library’s offer to purchase the building and the resolution of Miami County’s judgment with the City of Troy are positive developments that should end any further discussion of the demolition of this historic building.”

The district development department issued a statement Wednesday saying that the district building authority’s decision “does not require demolition to comply with the order.” The award decision was described in various ways in comments from speakers at the Commission meeting on 29 September.

“The building has historical significance. It was the location of the county’s first courthouse from 1841-1888. Any person of color had to go to court to register their residence and intent to stay in Miami County until those laws were repealed in 1849. These include the nearly 400 former slaves known as the Randolph Freed People who settled in Miami County in the late 1840s, with many descendants remaining to this day, “the library said in a statement Wednesday evening. The library’s Local History Library is on the same block on West Main Street on the corner of Cherry Street and West Main Street.


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