New construction proposed for 112 W. Main St. in Troy, location of the IOOF building

By Sam Wildow

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TROY — The Troy Planning Commission on Wednesday heard the first reading of proposed construction for the 112-118 W. Main St. location.

The applicant filing for the new construction at 112-118 W. Main St. is 116 W Main LLC, or Randy Kimmel. The application also seeks to have the Downtown/Riverfront Overlay District applied to this property.

The proposed structure is a four-story building to be located at 112-116 W. Main St. The property is zoned for the central business district. The exterior of the proposed building would be mainly brick.

“Essentially the first floor would have three openings. Those would be covered by awnings and the Sunbrella shade black,” said Development Director Tim Davis. “Essentially it would be two units on the first floor.”

The property would be set up to house two tenants on the first floor with approximately 1,100 square feet for each tenant space. The spaces would be expected to house retail storefronts, according to the Historic District application. The upper floors would be unfinished open spaces expected to be converted into residential or office uses.

The contractor for the project would be Bruns General Contracting. According to a letter from Bruns included in the application, the cost to construct the building would be $1.5 million within an estimated time span of 18 months if approved.

The renderings of the building were produced by the Architectural Group, Inc. and TriTech Associates, Inc.

The second reading of this proposed structure will include a public hearing at the Planning Commission’s next meeting on Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, located at 100 S. Market St.

The current building located at 112-118 W. Main St. was approved for demolition by a majority vote of the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, but a civil complaint filed in Miami County Common Pleas Court has prevented the demolition from taking place.

The plaintiffs in the civil suit include Evil Empire, a limited liability company owned by Jeremy M. Tomb, who occupies the neighboring structure to 112-118 W. Main St., along with Ben Sutherly of the Troy Historic Preservation Alliance, the Troy Historic Preservation Alliance, and Cheryl Cheadle, who also owns one of the neighboring structures.

The defendants/appellees in the civil suit include the city of Troy Board of Zoning Appeals and Randy Kimmel of 116 West Main, LLC, the owner of 112-118 W. Main St.

The cost of the repairs and renovation to fix the current building at one point was estimated at $4.1 million in March 2021, according to the city staff report. The cost of repairs and renovation stated in September 2021 was approximately $3.2 million. According to an estimate from Bruns General Contracting provided in the city staff report, the cost to meet the minimum building code standards would be approximately $659,788.

The building is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are placards from the Troy Historical Society, posted to the building in 1969, which state parts of the building had been a part of Troy’s courthouses and jails.

The original structure was constructed in 1841, and housed Troy’s fourth courthouse until 1888. The back end of the original structure is still intact. There was a partial demolition of the north section of the building in 1902 that included the addition constructed to the north, east, and west of the original building. The building has a marker from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) dating back to 1902.