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Brocton board takes engineer’s report on Main St. structure in poor condition

March 24, 2016
By Ann Belcher (editorial@westfieldrepublican.com) , Westfield Republican

BROCTON - The current board of trustees in Brocton is doing all it can to prepare the incoming board for the future of 10 E. Main St. And it's fair to say that the board, as well as the buildings at 10 E. Main, and neighboring 14 E.Main (Cave's Deli) are all in a tight spot.

After a structural review of both buildings was conducted by Nussbaumer & Clarke Inc., the engineering and survey company prepared a detailed report for the board and Village Attorney Peter Clark to review, in hopes that this would aid the board in determining a solution to the failing structure. Next door to the 10 East Main Street structure is longtime Brocton business Cave's Deli. Brocton Mayor Dave Hazleton recommended that board members spend some quality time reviewing the report and tabled the discussion until the board's March 2 meeting.

Discussion at that meeting resulted in Brocton's desire to return to the Chautauqua County Land Bank for guidance and funding for the recommended tear down of 10 East Main. The mayor is hoping that the detailed report from Nussbaumer & Clarke will be able to paint a clear picture of what the village has in front of it in regard to clearing a failing building from its Main Street landscape.

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Engineers reported to the Brocton Board of Trusteees that the building structural system at the 10 East Main Street portion of the building has failed.

"At this time, we need to go back to the Land Bank and request a meeting asking for any available funding. We're certainly able to show what we've gotten so far (in site visits and photographic evidence), and this most recent report goes a little more in depth," stated the mayor.

As detailed in the Nussbaumer report, the village sought to answer the question of whether or not the Cave's Deli building could remain, while managing a successful tear down of the neighboring building.

The report states, "The addresses, 10 and 14 East Main Street are both in the same building.The 10 East Main Street portion of the building has experienced structural failure such that much of the roof, second and first floors have collapsed into the basement. It is our understanding the village of Brocton is planning to remove the 10 East Main Street portion of the building, but would like to save the 14 East Main Street portion of the building and the front facade of 10 East Main Street. The purpose of our review is to determine if this is feasible."

Upon review, the engineers cited in the report that "The building structural system at the 10 East Main Street portion of the building has failed. This failure appears to be due to water infiltration through a failed roof membrane. The remaining portions of the building, including the exterior walls, are currently unsupported and are in danger of collapse. For this reason it is recommended to take down for the rest of 10 East Main Street building immediately."

Concerning the neighboring address of 14 East Main, the report states "The limited review of the 14 East Main Street building indicates the building is generally in sound condition and can be saved. However, there are several items that will need to be addressed."

The mayor touched on those items, noting that a shared wall between buildings would need to be shored up from the Cave's Deli side in order to prevent any movement and structural changes in the building while 10 East Main was demolished, and that cost estimates for that would need to be determined well in advance of any work being decided on.

The engineers determined by review that it is not recommended that the facade of 10 East Main be salvaged because of the extensive work it would cause in repairs in order to accomplish that. The report went into further detail recommending the necessary steps in order to accomplish the tear down of 10 East Main and the protection of 14 East Main Street in the process. A complete report was given to the owners of Cave's Deli and the mayor noted that any more details on the matter would be released following the village's outreach with Land Bank representatives.

 
 
 

 

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