Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Building Ordered to be vacated

Last night, about 6:00 pm, the building at 22 N Front Street was ordered to be vacated. The tenants had reported that "it felt like the building was shifting." The owner ordered an engineer to take a look at the structure and foundation and said the building was no longer safe.

After further investigation, it was determined that the building had seen significant increases in water meter usage. Apparently there was a leak in the water main under the foundation. So much so that the concrete slab adjacent to the building had collapsed in Bailey Theatre Park. So now, storm water has been flowing into the foundation as well.

I'll post pictures later, but the facade has come off of the wall about 2-3 inches at the top.

I spoke to Jimmy, the owner of DoubleWide Skate Shop a little while ago. He is waiting to hear what the landlord is going to do before making any decisions on his location. In the meantime, I have identified multiple locations that would be suitable for both businesses. the other business impacted was Old Books on Front, a popular book store.

Keep your fingers crossed in hopes that this building gets back in service quickly.

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