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Washington Engineer Reports Multiple Problems, Deficiencies In Former Mills Feed Building Report

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 6:30 am
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The main support beam for the building is rotted and severely damaged.<br />
(Washington City Hall)The main support beam for the building is rotted and severely damaged.
(Washington City Hall)
The back wall of the building is in very poor condition.  There are many missing bricks and voids in the mortar.<br />
(Washington City Hall)The back wall of the building is in very poor condition. There are many missing bricks and voids in the mortar.
(Washington City Hall)
Parts of the main beam have fallen to the floor from areas shown in the previous two photos.<br />
(Washington City Hall)Parts of the main beam have fallen to the floor from areas shown in the previous two photos.
(Washington City Hall)
The bricks in the stairwell are soft and falling apart.  The “red dust” on the stairs is the deteriorated brick from the wall.<br />
(Washington City Hall)The bricks in the stairwell are soft and falling apart. The “red dust” on the stairs is the deteriorated brick from the wall.
(Washington City Hall)

A report filed by Washington’s City Engineer says an unused building in the city “needs to be secured … to not allow entry” due to unsanitary conditions and other factors that could lead to it officially being designated as unsafe. The report says the former Mills Feed building, originally located at 604 North 7th Avenue but moved earlier this year to 212 North Iowa Avenue, needs to be re-inspected by the city’s Building and Zoning Official in order to determine “if it is an unsafe building as defined by the dangerous building section of the city code.”  The report was requested earlier this month by Washington City Councilmen Mike Roth.  He says he didn’t support the transport of the building in February and the building has sat since, without improvement.

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