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Delaware panel OKs work on 2 buildings

May 23, 2013

KATE LIEBERS

Staff Writer

A new building is expected to rise from the year-old ashes at 92 N. Sandusky St, in the coming months — a project that would turn the now-empty lot into office space.

“Where there is a total loss, my intentions are to rebuild,” said property owner George Rodman.

The new building is expected to be an improvement from its predecessor, with the main difference being an elevator at the rear of the building, Rodman said.

It will also offer three floors of usable office space, whereas the former structure was two floors of offices and a basement, said architect Jim Clarke of Clarke Architects, Inc. in Powell.

The exterior will be made of brick and limestone with a recessed entry instead of the former stucco facade with a “solid” front. The building will also have more windows, Clarke said.

While Rodman has been eager to “just put a building back in the burned-out hole,” he said he experienced some delays in working with the insurance company.

The crews now await the Historic Preservation Commission’s approval of the building’s design. They plan to meet with HPC later this month.

Clarke said they hope to start construction in December, depending on obtaining the necessary permits and the weather. The building process will take three to four months, Clarke said.

Rodman does not anticipate opening the space to retail, only offices. One to six tenants are expected to occupy the space.

Construction is currently underway at the the neighboring 94 N. Sandusky St. property, which Rodman also owns.

Unlike the 92 slot, the number 94 property only suffered structural damage from the fire. It was completely gutted and is to be restored to its original uses, Rodman said.

Aside from the fresh coat of paint, Rodman said the renovated building will resemble what it was before the fire.

One to eight tenants will be able to use the office space when it is complete, Clarke said.

About $380,000 has been invested to renovate the 94 property, according to the 2K General Co. construction firm.

The property was valued at $105,000 before the fire and reduced to $95,000 after the fire, according to Delaware County Auditor records.

The demolished 92 property value was reduced from its $270,000 market value before the fire, to its basic land value of $66,300.

Auditor George Kaitsa said the increase in property value following the construction would depend on the cost of construction.

Both buildings were initially built in the 1880s.