By Frank Lewis
If you’ve been driving by the future location of Tudor’s Biscuit World in New Boston, wondering when it will open, the owner, Fran Hickman assures it will be — it’s just a case of paperwork through the state of Ohio.
The main issues center around getting their range hoods certified through the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the same for the actual plans for the building.
“The original ones that were sent in weren’t done to their specifications, and it kind of threw a wrench into everything,” Hickman said. “So now I’m having to have them re-done. Basically, the people who installed it (range hoods) didn’t do it right to start with.”
Hickman has hired Professional Fire Extinguisher Inc. to install a hood, and Kevin E. Johnson, of that company, has done the work and he says that work has been completed.
“What I do is fire equipment,” Johnson said. “Fire systems, sprinklers, and all that. Our company has sent the plans in. We’re doing all of the fire protection there.”
Hickman said it has just been a series of things that were not done correctly to begin with that has postponed the opening which had been set for October of 2013.
“Had I known beforehand how it should have been done, we could have alleviated the whole problem,” Hickman said.
Hickman also hired another architect, David Stone with Tanner Stone Holsinger and Donges, who drew up the specifications and has also submitted the plans for the building itself. Hickman said she has not been told when to expect the certification.
“The plans have been submitted,” Johnson said. “But its going to take some time. If I were guessing, I would say we’re still looking at another three to four weeks.”
People had begun to question whether the opening was going to occur since everything has seemingly been in place for several months, but Johnson says there is no doubt once the permits are approved, they will open.
“They’re anxious to open and get in here,” Johnson said. “It’s all a matter of plans and going through the state and doing things right, which is what she’s (Hickman) doing.”
New Boston officials have also helped with the process.
“Mayor (Jim) Warren called me the other day and offered to do anything he could do to help the process,” Johnson said.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.