August 28, 2014

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City to demolish buildings beyond repair on E. Smith

Six of nine buildings on the back lot of the former James Lumber yard, 342 E. Smith Road, are so badly deteriorated they must be demolished, Medina city officials said. The city purchased the property in 2013 and plans to use the other three buildings for storage. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

Six of nine buildings on the back lot of the former James Lumber yard, 342 E. Smith Road, are so badly deteriorated they must be demolished, Medina city officials said. The city purchased the property in 2013 and plans to use the other three buildings for storage. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

Medina plans to demolish most of the buildings at the former James Lumber yard at 342 E. Smith Road. City Service Director Nino Piccoli said that of the nine buildings on the property, six need to come down.

One was badly damaged by a fire and five others are deteriorated beyond repair.

“Six of them have been deemed in need of immediate help but they’re beyond rebuilding, so the best thing to do is just knock them down,” he said.

The company closed its Medina lumber yard and a second facility in Strongsville in 2008 after the collapse of the housing market.

Habitat for Humanity of Medina County purchased the front portion of the East Smith property for its “Restore” second-hand shop.

The city purchased the back portion in early 2013, including all property south of Champion Creek and a strip along the east side of the parking lot.

Piccoli said the city has sought bids from three contractors and the lowest is about $17,000.

The price would include the cost of demolition and removal of debris.

But before they can begin knocking down buildings, they have to be sure the bridges over Champion Creek that access the property can handle the weight of the vehicles that will need to cross them.

Piccoli said the city Board of Control approved $5,000 for an inspection and load rating from a certified engineer.

Piccoli said that process should take about three weeks to complete and he expects the city will begin demolishing the buildings in about a month.

He said once the buildings are down and the bridges secured and rated, the city likely will use the remaining structures on the property to store sanitation Dumpsters, water department equipment and other city supplies.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.