Parker house discussion continues at a standstill in Mexico Beach

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM.

Move over city clerk, the Parker house is the hot button topic in Mexico Beach.

During the city council’s monthly workshop last Tuesday, Brian Cathey of Cathey Construction was invited to speak on the status of the historic building that was purchased by the city in mid-2011 with the intention of using it as a new city hall.

The building caught fire several months later and suffered massive damage.

For the last two years the city has gone back and forth about whether it would be more frugal to tear down the fire-damaged home and erect a new structure or attempt to rebuild what is left while also installing an elevator and other improvements that would bring the building up to commercial code.

The city’s insurance company paid the city $660,000 for the damage and sent a representative to assess the existing foundation slab.

The rep verbally told the council that is fit to build upon but according to city administrator Chris Hubbard, the city has not received formal written documentation of the assessment.

Engineers from Cathey Construction had conducted their own assessments of the building, Cathey said. Their results indicated that the foundation was not useable.

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