Mexico Beach Parker House slab ‘not to be used’

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM.

After much discussion, a possible ordinance violation and structural analysis from two companies, the verdict is in: the Parker House slab has been deemed unusable.

During the city council’s pre-agenda workshop two weeks ago, city administrator Chris Hubbard delivered the report from Nova Engineering and Environmental, a third party that was brought in to conduct a structural analysis and soil borings on the Parker House foundation.

The report said that the Parker House foundation was not to be used. It was recommended that the existing foundation be removed and anything built on the site would need deep foundation pilings.

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

Nova’s report corroborated the assessment originally provided by Cathey Construction.

The insurance company paid out $660,000 for damages after the building caught fire in 2011 and told city officials the foundation slab could be rebuilt upon.

The city disagreed and sought an additional $90,000. Two years went by with no additional funds paid, which prompted the city to take action.

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