City of DeLand says it may be ‘structurally compromised’
The historic Hotel Putnam has stood in DeLand for a century, but it might finally have to come down.
According to the City of DeLand, a report by BBM Structural Engineers determined that the building, located at 225 W. New York Ave., “has rapidly deteriorated on the east wing of the structure.”
The city ordered a structural engineer’s report after the building was deemed unsafe in September.
“The report concluded with a recommendation that the building be demolished in whole,” a statement from the City of DeLand said.
“We are disappointed to receive the news that the Putnam has been deemed structurally compromised,” Mayor Chris Cloudman said in a statement. “The building has stood for many years in the heart of our downtown, and it is my hope that the property will be redeveloped in a manner that pays homage to the once prestigious hotel.”
Axia Partners Managing Partner Jeremy Long said he was disappointed, too.
“We, too, are saddened with this outcome,” he said. “We remain committed to finding a use for the Putnam site that pays tribute to the once prestigious hotel and the history of DeLand that it reflects.”
Could the building come down tomorrow? City Community Information Manager Chris Graham said the city wouldn’t order a demolition so soon.
“Based on the engineer’s report, yes, it could possibly collapse at any time, but no,” he said. “Something like demolishing that type of building, especially in relation to State Road 44 and other structures? No, it’s not coming down tomorrow.”