Fiddle Shop, Furrow Flowers

The Guthrie City Council held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss the issue of the burned out buildings that once housed Double Stop Fiddle Shop and Furrows Flowers.

The council held a public hearing in July on the buildings as safety and dilapidated buildings. At that time, the council gave a group headed up by Carol Hirzel time to submit plans and shore up the building in an effort to restore it.

On Monday night, the storms and the high winds took down most of the east wall making the building unsafe. The city blocked off Oklahoma Street for safety purposes. The city has received bids to knock down the building.

In the resolution, approved unanimously, the key points are that the building owner has 48 hours from the adoption of this Resolution to summarily abate the grave and immediate danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the general public inclusive of but not limited to the razing or tearing down of all remaining standing walls on the property except for the east exterior wall of the adjacent Triplett building and the removal of all argon and helium cylinders remaining on the property. The property owner is hereby granted 48 hours from the adoption of this resolution to remove all personal property from the identified properties. The property owner has 30 days from the adoption of this Resolution to dismantle the balance of any remaining structure(s) inclusive of slabs, foundations, and any other improvements on the property; fill the basement areas with compacted material; clear the site of all debris; level the two lots and plug and secure all sewer service lines at a depth of not less than 24 inches from the ground surface. The City Manager and/or agents of the municipality are granted the right of entry on the property for the performance of the necessary duties as a governmental function of the municipality if the work is not performed by the property owner within the dates herein. The City Clerk shall immediately file the resolution as a notice of dilapidation with the county clerk.

The structural engineer, Cabot Eudaley’s report to the city said the following in part: A high wind event happened the night of Aug. 26 and further damaged the remaining structure. The interior shared wall has almost completely collapsed and along with it the remaining floor and roof structure in the flower shop. The entire north entrance wall to the flower shop has fallen, with some of the debris across the sidewalk and out into the street. The east exterior wall has fallen outward as well. Luckily there were no people or animals in the area killed or injured from the falling debris. The remaining structure, about 7 foot high of the east exterior wall, the south walls and the fiddle shop north wall are all imminent fall risks. The immediate danger area from the north wall now extends to across the street to at least the sidewalk on the north side of Oklahoma.  Additionally, due to the height of the flower shop north entrance, there is a danger that it will fall westward and damage the adjacent Triplett building. Damage to the shared interior wall of the building could cause progressive collapse, like the flower shop collapse. The immediate danger areas mentioned, and the Triplett building should be cordoned off. The remaining Fiddle & Flower shop building structure is unstable and should be removed to prevent further damage.

After hearing from Hirzel and Susan Guthrie, the council approved the resolution and adjourned.

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