Inglis greenhouse property declared unsafe

BOARDMAN — Mahoning County’s chief building official says that a closed Southern Boulevard greenhouse is unsafe.

Jeffrey S. Uroseva, chief building official, sent notice of building code violations to Inglis Greenhouses Inc., which formerly operated the Southern Boulevard greenhouse. The notice is dated Dec. 28.

Darren Crivelli, township zoning inspector, said he asked Uroseva to visit the property after he, assistant zoning inspector Peter Ross and a contractor, inspected the site Dec. 1.

It was a windy day, Crivelli said, and shards of glass from the greenhouses were flying from the building, causing safety concerns.

“We’re also concerned that kids will eventually get in there to hang out, and it’s an unsafe situation,” he said.

Township trustees declared the property a nuisance after Crivelli received complaints about wooden pallets there. The owners were given time to clean up the property to abate the nuisance.

At the time that it closed, the business was owned by Sue Connelly, Cy Lutz, Richard Lutz, Patricia Lutz and Sara Williamson, descendants or family members of the founders. They couldn’t be reached.

When cleanup wasn’t done, the township hired a contractor for $5,300 to remove the pallets.

The $5,300 was placed as a lien against the greenhouse property.

Uroseva is on vacation this week and couldn’t be reached.

The notice he sent cites broken windows and says the building is unsecured and unsafe.

It gives the owners 30 days to bring the building into compliance. If after that time the violations haven’t been corrected, the case may be turned over to the Mahoning County prosecutor’s office.

The owners can request an appeal hearing before the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Board of Building Appeals.

The business closed in fall 2005 when its owners said they couldn’t afford the increasing costs of running it.

The business started in 1910 in Youngstown by three Inglis brothers. It moved to Boardman after a 1914 fire.

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