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McClung Warehouse Damage Report

Here's a copy of National Resource Management's report about the remaining McClung Warehouse building. (Our previous blog referred incorrectly to NRM as Natural Resource Management, reflecting the terminology in the city's press release about the firm yesterday.)

The report is interesting reading, with lots of color photographs, apparently taken by the helicopter drone. In the report, the building completely destroyed by last Saturday's fire is listed as Building 5. The remaining building, slated to be demolished as soon as this weekend, is Building 4.

The report details some facts beyond fire damage, indicating that because "no actions had been taken to stop the water intrusion" between the 2007 fire and a 2012 inspection, when the building was still privately owned and lawyers were dickering about its fate, "significant deterioration had occurred" to the upper part of the building. 

For the record, the report finds "no obvious damage to the walls inspected," but emphasizes the damage to the top of the building, both from fire and from years of water damage and rot. NRM does not recommend demolition as the only option. It advises that "the possibility of cascading floor failure that could destabilize the walls leading to complete building collapse cannot be ruled out. For that reason it is not recommended to reopen Jackson Avenue for public access until building 4 is stabilized or demolished."

With some urgent crane work to decrease the load at the top, the building might be saved. However, even before the fire, no preservationist developer had made a specific public proposal suggesting that rehabilitating the building was economically feasible.

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