Historic building in need of fix

Last updated: January 02. 2014 7:13PM - 1176 Views
Beth Sergent bsergent@civitasmedia.com

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POINT PLEASANT — A historic building on Main Street is once again the topic of discussion and this time, caution tape.

The former Franklin building, owned by the City of Point Pleasant, has been a thorn in the city’s side for some time now and that legacy continues.

As many on Main Street have noticed, caution tape has appeared outside the entrance of the building, directing pedestrians around the area and off the sidewalk immediately in front of the building. According to Mayor Brian Billings, the building’s parapet has shifted, and though no bricks have actually fallen from the building, the city is doing its due diligence to keep the public away from the structure.

In addition, Billings said the city’s engineering firm, Burgess and Niple, is devising a design fix for the problem for safety purposes.

The city still hasn’t decided whether or not it’s more feasible in terms of cost and liability to tear the building down or minimally refurbish it for sale. Burgess and Niple have been developing a feasibility study for the project with council wanting to go over these findings before making a decision about the building’s fate.

Back in November, the environmental study was discussed, with a representative from Burgess and Niple saying the asbestos study was done and asbestos was found in the floor tile which means everything would have to go.

If demolished, council would also demolish the adjoining building (the former Wallpaper Outlet) with permission from the owner who would retain the deed to their property and kick in at least a portion of the demolition costs.

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