Firefighters on the alert for bad buildings

Sandusky firefighters post a large sign, marked with a white X on a red background, on the exterior of hazardous commercial buildings.
Andy Ouriel
Dec 23, 2013

 

In emergencies, firefighters will only enter these buildings if someone’s life is in danger.
 
• American Crayon* on Hayes Avenue
 
• Behnke’s Answering Service on Huron Avenue
 
• Keller Building* on West Shoreline Drive
 
• Meyers Winery on Campbell Street
 
• Sandusky Cabinets* on East Washington Street
 
• Universal Clay on First Street

* — Denotes a funding plan is in place to remove or repair these buildings.

The following buildings, previously marked with an X, have been demolished or significantly cleaned:

• Apex Building on First Street

• Bosco’s on Wagon Wheel Restaurant on Cleveland Road

• C&W Body Shop on Hayes Avenue

• DC Filter and Chemical on Fifth Street 

• G&C Foundry on West Monroe Street

• Gunworks on First Street

• Sandusky Cabinets Truck Repair Garage

Source: Sandusky Fire Department

 

American Crayon
• LOCATION: Hayes Avenue by underpass

• DEMOLITION START DATE: Ongoing

• DEMOLITION END DATE: Unknown. Developers and city officials originally said Dec. 31 to raze all six on-site structures. 

• COST: Unknown. Work being done by private developers.

• HISTORY LESSON: The American Crayon Co. manufactured red crayons, chalk, blackboards, erasers, watercolors, pencils, paste, cleaners and other industrial items inside a building that’s now 112 years old.

 

Rieger Hotel
• LOCATION:
Jackson and West Market streets

• RENOVATION START DATE: Ongoing

• RENOVATION END DATE: Late 2014 n COST: $8 million fronted by a nonprofit agency

• HISTORY LESSON: The property used to offer tourists lodging space when they visited Sandusky for business or pleasure.

 

Sandusky Cabinets
LOCATION: East Washington Street by Warren Street

• DEMOLITION START DATE: Early 2016

• DEMOLITION END DATE: Late 2016 

• COST: $1.28 million; $953,000 from state funds and $324,000 from local funds.

• HISTORY LESSON: The 80-year-old factory hosted a myriad of manufacturers, ranging from people making cabinets to wooden barrels and even lumber.

 

Wisteria Farms (Esmond Dairy)
• LOCATION: Campbell Street by railroad tracks

• DEMOLITION START DATE: May 2013

• DEMOLITION END DATE: Unknown 

• COST: $60,000 mostly from local funds

• HISTORY LESSON: Esmond Dairy used to be a major dairy provider for area residents.

All demolition start and end dates along with cost are estimates