WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – City officials and the owner of the former Delphi plant in Warren toured the Dana Street building on Thursday.
The purpose was to see whether the building is structurally sound. The city claims owner Sergio Dipaolo continues to have people doing renovations in the building while he is facing charges for occupying the building without the proper permits.
To get him to stop, the city asked a judge to revoke DiPaolo’s bond and place him back behind bars. The judge will review the case and could make a decision next week.
In the meantime, our news crew caught up with DiPaolo Thursday morning. He said he is not worried about the outcome of the tour.
“The engineer will assess the buildings. And he will assess them as structurally sound because they are structurally sound,” Dipaolo said.
DiPaolo bought the former Delphi Packard plant in 2011. At the time, he approached the city with plans to renovate the property for use as municipal office space.
The city declined, and according to city documents, the buildings were supposed to be demolished years ago.