Troy seeking to permanently prevent demolition of historic Tavern Building

TROY — The City of Troy is seeking a permanent end to the demolition of a historic building.

The city is requesting a permanent injunction to prevent the property owner of a building at 112-118 W. Main Street from demolishing the structure, according to a social media post by the city.

Earlier this week a Troy judge granted the city a preliminary injunction, halting the demolition of the building and ordering the property owner to place all debris on site.

>> Previous Coverage: Judge halts unauthorized demo of Troy building, orders owner to install supports

The amended complaint also asks the court to enforce several actions including:

  • Require repairs and maintenance to the building
  • Declare the property a public nuisance
  • Order the owners to immediately abate that nuisance
  • Eject the owners from the city sidewalk in front of West Main Street so that the city’s road project contractor can continue his work
  • Prevent the owners from future trespass on the sidewalk
  • Award the city damages for the loss of the use of the street and sidewalks
  • Issue punitive damages, attorney and other legal expenses

“We have followed the rules of the City since the very beginning. As I’ve said before, getting this property to become an active part of our vibrant downtown has been our only priority. However, that has to follow the Rule of Law: our city codes and and the judges’ decisions. After talking with our Law Director, we will continue exercising every available tool we have to correct these illegal actions and get our West Main project on schedule and within budget,” Mayor Robin Oda said.

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: ‘Flagrant attempt to bypass the law;’ Troy property owner starts demo on building without approval

Patrick Titterington, Troy’s Director of Public Services and Safety, previously told News Center 7 that he made it “quite clear” that the owner didn’t have approval to start the construction. He said he learned of the early-morning demolition work last week and walked over to the site, giving workers an oral stop work order.

The owner ignored it until the city’s law director obtained the injunction, according to Titterington.

We will follow this developing story and update as new information becomes available.