Mazza unveils plans for West High building renovation
MOUNT VERNON — Demolition of the old Mazza building on West High Street is expected to begin this week, but how much of the building will be torn down is still up in the air.
The city’s Board of Property Maintenance Appeals voted in December to condemn the building at 208-218 W. High St. at the recommendation of Property Maintenance Enforcement Officer Gregg Bemiller and ordered it torn down.
Owner Joel Mazza, doing business as ERMA LLC, maintains that it is two buildings and he plans to renovate the one-story portion, which used to house a nail salon, and create a site for two businesses, with parking and possibly a drive-through on each side of the building.
“It’s a 3,000-square-foot building,” said attorney Phil Lehmkuhl. “At a construction cost of $150 per square foot for a cinderblock building, it would cost $300,000 to replace. It’s a lot cheaper to renovate it.”
In the suit to stop the demolition order, Lehmkuhl argues that there were several mistakes in the condemnation procedure, including classifying it as one building instead of two and claiming procedural error in the condemnation.