WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The former Delphi Packard plant on Dana Street in Warren was sold to a local businessman in 2011.
According to city documents, the buildings were supposed to be demolished years ago by the person who bought the buildings from Delphi. On Wednesday, those buildings remained standing and unsecured, with open windows, doors and gates that allow anyone easy access.
The condition of the building has city leaders worried that someone could get inside and get seriously injured.
“There were a lot of promises made. It is going to be secured, nobody will be getting in it. But it is wide open now. And I frequently see people going in here and coming out,” Warren 2nd Ward Councilman Al Novak said.
The grass is high all around the property and right inside an open gate is a ladder to climb up onto the water tower. Warren Building Inspector Chris Tanneyhill said the owner, Sergio DiPaolo, was ordered just last week to cut the grass and secure all entry points to the property to keep trucks from parking there by Wednesday.
“He is not in compliance so we will send him another notice but we got the stop work order on it. He is not supposed to be working here and his contractor registration is invalid,” Tanneyhill said.
WKBN 27 First News reporter Jeff Levkulich contacted DiPaolo by phone. He said people break in despite how many times he boards the building up, but claims the buildings are secure.
There also are dogs inside to keep people out. Tanneyhill said it is not secure enough.
DiPaolo showed up and when Levkulich pointed out some of the problems, a confrontation ensued between Tanneyhill and DiPaolo over work being done inside.
Tanneyhill said a complaint was made about people working in the building, which he said is illegal. DiPaolo said the work being done did not pertain to the building itself, but Tanneyhill said the building is not allowed to be used or occupied.
Afterwards, DiPaolo said he will have a crew out by Friday to clean up the high grass and he will continue to secure the parts of the buildings that were open.