Downtown Springfield building, called ‘cornerstone,’ now stands condemned

SPRINGFIELD — The Clark County Health department is working with the county prosecutor’s office about the possibility of pursuing citations against the owner of a downtown building called Hull Plaza that has been condemned.

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Two tenants who were in the building on Main Street and Fountain Avenue when it was inspected several weeks ago have been encouraged to leave because there are no sanitary facilities, no fire suppression system and no water service.

Water to Hull Plaza was shut off after a main break in December. There has been no running water there since, Charles Patterson, Clark County Combined Health District commissioner, told News Center 7′s Brandon Lewis on Thursday.

Patterson said a team of county and city inspectors there in mid-March found toilets filled with human waste.

“This is one of the cornerstone buildings to downtown Springfield,” Patterson said. “So we need to make sure that we get this building back into circulation. It’s not a building that we can afford to, for years, [let] sit there and be neglected.”

Patterson said, “we do need to get this turned around and get this fixed.”

The building’s owner is 4 West LLC, according to Clark County Auditor’s Office records.

A check with the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office shows the LLC is connected to Robert Hull, who has a Kentucky address.

News Center 7′s Lewis attempted to contact Hull through his attorney, but has not heard back.

We will update this report with any new developments.

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