The Village of Plymouth is faced with an emergency after a building in the downtown area partially collapsed last week.
Known for a number of years as the Plymouth Hotel, the rear of the building at 26 Trux Street started to cave in on Thursday afternoon. By Friday, the building resulted in the closure of Ohio 603 inside the village.
The property is privately owned and does not belong to the village. At a special council meeting on Friday, July 31, members of Plymouth Village Council took emergency steps to try and remove the building, citing that the structure “presents a danger to adjoining properties, their occupants and to the general public.”
A resolution passed by council has the Richland County Land Reutilization Corporation serving as the village’s agent to get the building torn down and the hazards eliminated. Citing the immediacy of the need to get the demolition completed, the resolution was adopted as an emergency.
According to Amy Hamrick, manager at the Richland County Land Reutilization Corporation, the current cost to demolish the building is $140,000. She said that could change because of “unknowns.”
“We are still working on finances and how to pay for it,” Hamrick said. “I have been in Plymouth every day.”
Hamrick said they have been looking for money to demolish this building for a number of years. With the recent partial collapse of the building, there is an immediate need to take it down for the safety of the people in the village.
There were people living in the residential side of the structure. Hamrick said they were evacuated.
Once the money is in place, Hamrick said she can have a crew on site. Clean up will be included in the price of the project. Workers will have to shore up a wall on the connected building.
Hamrick said the land bank will try to reclaim any money it can from the demolition. The building owner will be responsible for some of the costs.
The Ohio Department of Transportation closed Ohio 603 inside the village last weekend. The detour route for northbound traffic is Ohio 603 to Ohio 13, north to US 224, west on US 224 to Ohio 61, south on Ohio 61 to Ohio 603. According to ODOT, there is no estimated time for the road to be reopened at this time.