TROY — Downtown Troy’s landscape will change significantly as the ITW/Hobart will begin abatement of the manufacturing building this month.
According to city of Troy Economic Development Director Jim Dando, the demolition work has been confined inside thus far in the project.
“The heavy work will be coming after the Strawberry Festival,” Dando said Friday.
A piece of the county’s historic lock system is in the basement of the building. According to Dando, stonework will be dug up, saved and set aside for future use.
Other pieces such as the decorative H.B. pieces at the top of the building will be saved and passed on to local Hobart family members, Dando said.
Other portions of the yellow brick building will be attempted to be recycled as well, Dando said.
He said all parties involved in the process are working well together.
Dando said the demolition company, O’Rourke Wrecking, is based out of Cincinnati. The company was in charge of large-scale projects in the past, such as the demolition of Riverfront Stadium.
“They can clean up some big projects,” Dando said.
Dando said some lane closures around the site may be necessary. The majority of the work will begin at the west end locations of the former truck docks.
The future plans for the site are “still way too early to tell,” he said. “Right now, the demolition is really taking center stage.”
The bridge across Adams Street will be demolished as well, which connected the manufacturing plant to the Hobart Center for Government Building on Water Street.
The exterior clock will be salvaged and presented back to the Miami County Commissioners. The bridge demolition is expected to take approximately two weeks. The demolition is at the cost of ITW. Miami County Commissioners are responsible for the permanent repair and restoration of the affected portion of the exterior walls of the county building.
The entire demolition project is expected to last through October.
O’Rourke Wrecking provided a tentative schedule for the 600 W. Main St. facility to city of Troy officials. The following is the tentative schedule: Window abatement has begun and will last through May 23; roof removal is set to begin on May 19 through June 20; Piping, flooring and drywall removal will begin May 26 through June 16; preparations for the bridge removal will begin July 21 through Aug. 1; bridge removal will begin on Aug. 4 through Aug. 15.
The demolition of the building is set to begin on June 23 through Sept. 26. Following the demolition of the building, back fill and compaction of the site will begin on Sept. 8 through Oct. 10.
According to the Miami County Commissioner’s reports on March 11, Commissioner Richard Cultice and Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien authorized a Demolition and Access Agreement with Illinois Tool Works Inc., which outlined the mutual covenants and agreements for the demolition of the bridge connecting the ITW Building, 600 W. Main St., Troy, to the Hobart Center for Government Building, 510 W. Water St., Troy.