It is recommended that the pre-Civil War White Pigeon MI building be demolished
The Tasty Nut Shop and Soda Bar is a 101-year-old White Pigeon Michigan business at 100 E. Chicago Road. The three-story building was constructed in 1856 approximately 5 years before the start of the Civil War. After complaints about the condition of the building and the pieces falling from it, the village hired a structural engineering company to examine the building and submit a report. According to a wwmt report, a structural engineer from a company hired by White Pigeon Village Council, Mark Wilson, recommended that the building be demolished as it is at risk of collapsing and therefore poses a danger to the public.
In his report, Mr Wilson said the building is:
“Irreparable, over the entire height of the structure. “
Mr Wilson included another recommendation in his report to the village “that the structure should be carefully documented to preserve its historical record so that it is held available to the public, possibly by planning and constructing a historical exhibit at the site. “.
Tasty Nut Shop owner Margorie Hamminga said:
“It’s a landmark and everything … And I hate to see it go away because it’s the history of the city.” This is their story.
What a pity it would be to lose such a historic building in southwest Michigan. A decision on what the next steps will be has not been made by the village council as of the publication date of this article.
The following is a link to the wwmt report which has the full 78 page engineer’s report with photos for you to view.
Structural Engineering Investigation Report for 100 E, Chicago Road (US 12), White Pigeon, MI