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Sale of 3 Delphi buildings worries mayor of Warren

Published: Sat, January 29, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



The way that ownership of three former Delphi Packard Electric buildings changed this week suggests the city’s problems with the vacant structures are far from over, Mayor Michael O’Brien said.

“Hopefully, I’m wrong, but it’s possible that our problems have just begun,” the mayor said Friday of Delphi’s sale of the facilities on Dana and Griswold streets to DiPaolo Industrial Developers LLC.

First, the city was unaware of the Wednesday sale until a passer-by noticed people inside Plant 8 on Griswold Street, called police, and police investigated.

Sergio DiPaolo, president of the company, and other workers were using lifts and other equipment and removing salvageable items from the building. DiPaolo informed city officials he was the new owner, O’Brien said.

After some checking, O’Brien and city building official Chris Taneyhill learned from a Delphi spokesperson that DiPaolo had, in fact, bought the buildings that day. The sale price was not disclosed, O’Brien said, and it’s not yet reflected on the Trumbull County Auditor’s website.

“It is a bad way to notify a government that a building is sold,” O’Brien said, explaining that DiPaolo and his workers could have been arrested or injured at the site because the police, fire and building departments were never notified.

Second, DiPaolo never sought a demolition permit from Taneyhill before starting his demolition, so Taneyhill issued a stop-work order, posted the orders on the buildings and demanded that DiPaolo leave the site until the necessary permits had been secured.

DiPaolo supplied Taneyhill with a demolition plan on Thursday, but that isn’t enough to allow demolition to resume, Taneyhill said.

The plan says DiPaolo will be removing structural steel, trusses and bracing and shipping it to a local steel mill, leaving brick walls, intact “for security reasons” and leaving concrete floors and foundations “in tact [sic] for new future Development of new Structures.”

Taneyhill said DiPaolo told him he doesn’t plan to demolish Plant 8 or the former administration building.

The city issued demolition orders to Delphi Dec. 29, requiring that the entire 720,000 square feet of former factory and administrative space be torn down.

Taneyhill said the demolition was necessary because Delphi had not provided adequate security there, leading to vandalism, copper theft and the potential that the buildings could catch fire.

DPH Holdings Corp. did sell the buildings, a Delphi spokesperson confirmed Friday, saying the information comes from John Brooks, president of DPH Holdings, whose offices are in the Delphi World Headquarters building in Troy, Mich.

DiPaolo gave the city a personal address of Isabelle Drive in Girard and a business address of 1536 First Street, Newton Falls.

That is also the address of a company called Direct International, which once hired DiPaolo to carry out a demolition project in 2007, according to court documents.

Then-Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray filed a complaint against DiPaolo, whose company was using the name Source One Contractors and Developers, Colonial Drive, Youngstown, and Ohio One Contractors and Developers LLC of Andrews Avenue, Youngstown, for failing to carry out two demolitions properly in 2005 and 2007.

The complaint, filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in September 2010, said DiPaolo failed to seek a permit from the Mahoning-Trumbull Air Pollution Control Agency before carrying out demolition of Boardman Supply Co. on Southern Boulevard in Boardman in 2005.

DiPaolo and others violated Ohio law by failing to secure the permit and properly handle the asbestos-containing material in the building, the lawsuit said.

DiPaolo also failed to secure the proper permit before conducting demolition at the Direct International site in Newton Falls, the suit said. The suit seeks a civil penalty of $25,000 per day for each day of each violation.


1redcent(38 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Well, that didn't take long. This eye-sore is now an individual's real estate project.

Thanks Packard-Electric and Delphi, we appreciate all you've done for us.

Can't wait to see what you have in store for North River Road.

On a more serious note, thanks to the Vindicator for following-up:



I can only hope that this individual's real estate salvage project goes faster than the former Ohio Edison Morningside Plant, the former St. Joes Hospital, and the neighboring Riverside Apartments on the west side of Warren.

One of the powers of government is to keep this "waste" from happening - use it.

It took years to get the troubled Murphy Mart shopping center building down on the far west side at Parkman Road and Leavitt Road.

How long will we have to wait to get these three huge troubled assets resolved?

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21970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

"Thanks Packard-Electric and Delphi, we appreciate all you've done for us. "

Yes, thank you for the tens of thousands of jobs that used to be here and all the rewards that went with it. Too bad you got sucked dry.

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3jwhitehawke(103 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

If the zoning inspector was fired, Warren would have alot of business.

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4cheybaby2(102 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

That's What I say to If They would Let the WFD or any other Fire Dept Burn These Old Buildings Down. The Cost Of Hiring Some Company Wouldn't Run Into the High Ranks in pay. Stupid Is Ya Know. It would save Millions, To warren, Youngstown And Every Other Area Just Burn It Down The debris would be the easy part and not costly at all., People need to start using there God Given Brain Cells Instead of Sitting On them.

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5Annie53(21 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Can they burn the buildings down without removing the asbestos first?

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6Traveler(606 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

They are going to remove anything of value from the building leaving the city with a shell of a building that will be unsafe since they have removed the steel structure supporting the building eventual this building will have to be riped down at the city's expense.

No buyer will want to buy these building since anything of value will be gone

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