The city of Hillsboro's sidewalk replacement project in the southeast section of one half of the 100 block of South High Street came to a halt in 2017 after a large section of concrete collapsed beneath the former Pasquale's Restaurant.
The city of Hillsboro's sidewalk replacement project in the southeast section of one half of the 100 block of South High Street came to a halt in 2017 after a large section of concrete collapsed beneath the former Pasquale's Restaurant.
An uptown Hillsboro property owner told The Highland County Press today he received a notice Wednesday, May 8 unofficially ordering vacation of his premises until it can be investigated by the city’s code enforcement officer, Anton Weissman.

Gary Schraw, who owns the former Pasquale’s Pizza building at 122 South High Street and serves as an officer with the Greenfield Police Department, received notes on two of Weissman’s business cards, on which the following messages were written: “Please contact me regarding building permit and inspection issues” and “No occupancy until required permits and inspections are made.”

The notes were not signed, and there was nothing on official city stationery. Schraw previously told The Highland County Press that one of Weissman's business cards was left in his mailbox.

As previously reported in The Highland County Press, several buildings in uptown Hillsboro have been deemed “uninhabitable” by the city's building inspector.

The city has placed notices on a number of former businesses that read: "This building is unfit for human habitation. The use or occupancy of this building for human habitation is prohibited and unlawful."

The notices are signed by Weissman, building inspector for the city of Hillsboro.

Schraw’s building was damaged during a city-ordered sidewalk replacement project in 2017, as a large section of concrete collapsed beneath the former restaurant.

As reported in 2017, the city of Hillsboro's sidewalk replacement project in the southeast section of one half of the 100 block of South High Street came to a halt after a large section of concrete collapsed beneath the former Pasquale's Restaurant.

According to Hillsboro mayor Drew Hastings, Dance Excavating began the sidewalk construction project on South High Street on Friday, June 9, 2017.

Workers on the South High Street project said it wasn't immediately clear who would have liability for the property damage. The property is owned by Schraw.

In March, 2017 property owners on South High Street – from Walnut Street to the alley next to Pasquale's – received letters from the city informing them that "Property owners are responsible for all costs incurred during the sidewalk replacement process per city ordinance 96.15."

The city later reimbursed any property owners who paid for the new sidewalks – many of which are now disfigured and pockmarked.

The Highland County Press has asked Safety and Service Director Mel McKenzie if he is aware of the notices to Schraw. The Highland County Press has been informed by McKenzie that  he is aware of the notices.

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