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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bricks fall on truck during downtown rehabilitation work

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click to enlarge BRICKS MISSING: At 315 Main. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • BRICKS MISSING: At 315 Main.
No one was hurt, but a truck cab was crushed, when brick facade fell from the back side of the building at 315 Main that is being shored up in preparation for conversion to the K-Lofts apartment project.

Chuck Givens, who heads the city of Little Rock's building permits section, said the developer, Scott Reed, has a permit to install internal "shear walls" to shore up the building  and provide a brace for interior work. The plans for apartments are still in the works and the permit for that particular part of the project has not been issued yet, he said.

New concrete and stairwell work apparently created pressure on the brick facade that caused a portion of it to tumble Monday, Givens said. An engineer conferred Tuesday with Givens on further stabilization plans and he said he planned to check back at the project Thursday. He said the permit for the current work was in order and that the accident didn't appear to have occurred on account of any improper practice. "Things happen with old buildings," he said. David Robinson, with Reed Realty, said the setback shouldn't interfere with a targeted opening date sometime around the first of next year. 

In other Reed Realty news, Robinson said the firm hopes to close on the Hall-Davidson building, on the corner of Louisiana and Capitol, by next week. Pending lease negotiations, that's where Donnie Ferneau's next restaurant concept will go.

click to enlarge CRUSHING: Debris fell on this truck. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • CRUSHING: Debris fell on this truck.

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