No additional testing of IOOF Building required


TROY — The Miami County Building Department has determined no additional testing of the IOOF Building/old Miami County courthouse, also formerly known as the Tavern Building, will be required.

According to a press release from Miami County, based on new information provided to the county, additional testing of the 112-116 W. Main St. building is not required.

“The county’s priority has always been public safety in this matter,” the release said. “After suffering significant storm damage and being unoccupied for years, the county had deemed the building to be an unsafe structure. Over the last few months, the Troy Historic Preservation Alliance (THPA) has been undertaking efforts to stabilize the building. Based on information available at the time, Miami County’s Building Department had determined load testing of the building was necessary in accordance with Ohio Building Code Section 1604.6.

“On March 28, engineers for the THPA presented the Miami County Building Department with mathematical calculations, engineered drawings, and formulaic information showing that the repairs to the building meet current Ohio Building Code requirements. It is important to note that this was information provided to the Miami County Building Department after the initial conditional approval that was given to the THPA. Since that time, the county’s plans examiner and acting chief building official in this matter also conducted an additional inspection of the building. Due to the removal of ceiling sections and plaster to expose structural elements of the building, structural elements of the building could be inspected and were determined to be structurally sound. As a result of the repairs already completed and the new information provided to the county, the building department has lifted the testing requirements as a result.”

“The Board of Miami County Commissioners would like to commend Miami County Building Department staff for their diligent dedication to public safety, and for their professionalism in working collaboratively with the THPA to ensure the continuation of efforts to stabilize the building,” said the commissioners in the press release. “The Board also wishes to acknowledge the THPA’s ongoing efforts to bring the building into compliance with the Ohio Building Code. As was the case in this matter, the commissioners will continue to demand that every effort be made to open Main Street as soon as possible.”

Ben Sutherly, president of the THPA, issued the following statement to Miami Valley Today on the recent announcement no additional testing will be required:

“Eliminating the load test lets us focus entirely on completing the stabilization repairs outlined in the settlement agreement. As a result, we anticipate that the portion of West Main Street in front of one of Miami County’s most historic buildings will reopen by the end of this month.”

Contact Michael Clarey with the Board of Miami County Commissioners Office at [email protected] with follow-up questions.

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