If a structural engineer’s recommendation is followed, another downtown building in Hannibal will soon be reduced to rubble.
According to the report, which was prepared by Alan D. Lukens of Klingner & Associates, 213 Broadway is “currently structurally unsound and in danger of collapse.”
According to Joey Burnham, building inspector, the primary area of concern is the rear portion.
“We do need to take it down. The back section is the really bad part,” he said Thursday morning. “We’re definitely going to have to take the addition off, but the rest of it needs to go down, too.”
While recommending that 213 Broadway be removed, Lukens says the common wall between 211 and 213 Broadway should remain. He suggests removing the top of the common wall to form a smaller parapet on 211 Broadway.
The building at 213 Broadway will be a topic of discussion during a special call Building Commission meeting that has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in council chambers at city hall.
Damage was done to the addition’s roof when a portion of 213 Broadway’s back wall fell some time ago. According to Burnham, the additional damage is not related to the high winds of May 20.
The report cited the following damage to 213 Broadway:
• The south upper exterior brick wall, lower roof, and the south half of the first floor have collapsed. The collapsed joists of the roof and floor are no longer providing lateral support to the brick walls and stone foundations. Consequently, the walls supporting the collapsed joists have been weakened.
• A large hole is in the south end of the upper roof. Combined with the collapsed south wall and lower roof, excessive amounts of rain penetrate the building. This water is contributing to interior damage and mold.
• A large vertical crack exists near the northwest inside corner behind the wood exterior stairs. It was noted the remaining walls have many cracks. The report added that brick on the southwest portion of the building is very soft and deteriorating.
During Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, approval was given to seek qualified bids if an emergency demolition was required at 213 Broadway. Burnham says an emergency demolition is not necessary.
“We’ll go out for bids on it. It will be quicker than normal, but it won’t be an emergency. It won’t be like we’re going to do it tomorrow,” he said.