FAIRFIELD – One among Fairfield’s oldest buildings could possibly be torn down subsequent 12 months over the objections of a group that claims it's a traditionally vital constructing and must be preserved.
Final 12 months town used a Clear Ohio grant to buy the Muskopf farm on the intersection of Grey and East Miami River roads to broaden Marsh Park. Included on the property are a home, storage, barn and different farm-associated buildings.
The price to deliver the house – often called the Cooper House – up to fashionable constructing code is estimated at a minimal of $281,000, stated Ben Mann, town’s engineer. Cash would even have to be put aside for annual upkeep.
That’s cash that’s not budgeted and a few officers say is unavailable due to different tasks already deliberate.
However members of the Cooper House Advert Hoc Committee of the Fairfield Parks and Recreation Board say they need extra time to discover methods to increase for renovations and ongoing upkeep together with growing a plan for a way the constructing can be used throughout the parameters of the grant.
“I simply don’t see how we’re going to get the cash. This can be a enterprise resolution," Mayor Steve Miller stated.
“(Funding this) would (imply) slicing one thing else … It’s workers opinion, and mine, we transfer ahead with demolition.”
The committee desires to add each the home and barn to the Nationwide and Ohio Historic Register. Placement on these websites would give town extra grant alternatives for restoration or upkeep.
“It could be a sin to tear it down,’’ stated Dean Bruewer, chairman of the advert hoc group. “It’s not a enterprise resolution. It’s (a call about) preserving the historical past of Fairfield. It’s simply one of many earliest – if not the earliest – homes within the metropolis.”
Bruewer stated the committee’s analysis reveals the constructing was constructed in 1825 or 1826. It sits on land that was a part of the unique Symmes Buy, which opened western Ohio to settlement. Thomas Cooper was the primary particular person to reside on, and farm, the land.
It and the barn could possibly be used as an training heart for naturalist/science outside training and as a motorcycle path trailhead, and use of the barn for metropolis upkeep use.
The committee has to replace Metropolis Council on it progress in November, with a closing dedication of the home’s destiny to be made in January.