By Lindsey Hobbs
The scorched remains of the Little Sheep Childcare and Learning Center still remain on North Sandusky Street, but according to property owner George Rodman, permits have been filed to get cleanup underway.
“Minor, I want to stress minor environmental cleanup,” Rodman said. “We have to corral the asbetos-containing material and handle it according to (Environmental Protection Agency) specifications.”
The permit to clean the burned out building, located at 92 N. Sandusky St., will take about a week to ten days to be approved and cleanup officials estimate about two days worth of work.
Rodman has been in contact with Hina Environmental Solutions LLC out of Columbus to handle the project.
“Then they can move ahead with non-contaminated debris,” said Rodman. “We’re working with the insurance company to handle the costs.”
City officials have contacted Rodman with their desire to have building demolished by mid-May, according to spokesman Lee Yoakum.
“It is very dilapidated at this point in time,” Delaware Fire Chief John Donahue said. Along with a collapsed roof, the building’s basement and flooring are exposed to the elements.
“Obviously there is a safety issue with that and there’s a sightly issue,” Donahue said.
“Jerry Warner (chief building official) has requested that we diligently move forward,” Rodman said. “Just the fact that we have reached this point where we can now move forward is such a relief to me. I’m just as anxious as anybody else to get it cleaned up.”
The building, which was built in 1880 and housed a series of funeral homes before the daycare, caught fire early in the morning on Sept. 11, 2010. Fire officials believe the fire began in the basement before spreading upwards, and arson is not suspected.
Little Sheep, owned by Renita White, relocated to 23 North Union Street about three weeks after the incident, when property owner Joe Diamond gave White the use of his vacant building for free until that December, so she could continue her business and get re-liscenced at the new location.
The Krepko & Philips law firm at 94 N. Sandusky St. also suffered some less serious structural damage, while the former site of the Delaware County Juvenile Court at 88 N. Sandusky St. only suffered minor smoke and water damage.