Mexico Beach Council receives settlement offer on Parker House

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:44 PM.

That session delayed any voting from taking place at the monthly regular meeting held on Tuesday.

The Parker House caught fire just days after being purchased by the city in 2011 for use as a new city hall.

After the initial payment for fire damages, the council pushed for additional compensation when a foundation analysis and soil borings completed by Cathey Construction deemed the slab of the house unusable for rebuilding.

Unconvinced, the insurance company sent an engineer of their own out for analysis and delivered a conflicting opinion.

The city decided to get a third party opinion and hired Nova Engineering and Environmental from Panama City to conduct an additional structural analysis.

Nova’s analysis came back in November and recommended that the Parker House foundation not to be reused. The report suggested that the existing foundation be removed and anything built on the site would need deep foundation pilings.

Mullen pointed out that Nova’s report prominently said, “Do not build on it,” with the words both bolded and underlined.

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