Steve Burke, owner of the building located at 567 E. National Ave., constructed 3/4-inch wood barricade walls for a safety zone under the hole in the parapet wall on top of the building in case other bricks fall. For safety reasons, authorities urge people need to stay away from the front of the building.
By IVY HERRON
The damaged parapet around the top of the building between the Alabama Bar and Grill and The Gooseneck Brew can be repaired, according to Brazil Planning and Zoning Administrator Brandy Means.
"The owner (Steve Burke, of Putnam County) has been notified about inspection details and is working with Brazil Building Inspector Ron Keen and State Building Inspector Paul Brown to determine the appropriate repairs to the building," Means said.
No one was hurt, when a 5-foot high and 25-foot long section of the protective wall along the top edge of the building fell to the ground around 11 a.m. Wednesday.
"Mr. Burke is already working on correcting the problem," Means said. "The city will not be taking formal action on this matter at this time."
"There is no structural damage to the building," Ron Keen said. "We're going to help oversee Burke's plans to remove the parapet wall and replace it. (Steve Burke) has been more than cooperative in this matter."
Although the owner constructed a safety zone in front of 567 E. National Avenue using 3/4-inch wood barricade walls early Thursday morning at the recommendation of the building inspectors, Police Chief Mark Loudermilk said people need to stay away from the area.
"No timeline for repairs is available right now, so we are not sure how long the area will be closed," Loudermilk said. "It will remain closed as long as there is a public safety concern."