Five buildings impacted by the Christmas Day bombing may need partial or total demolition, preliminary reports suggest.

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The city enlisted Nashville-based Logan Patri Engineering to report early thoughts about 12 damaged structures from Church to Commerce streets — and more thorough, individual inspections are required for the near future.
The firm’s 15-page report, which was sent to Metro officials on Jan. 5, indicates that the following buildings are likely to require some form of demolition:

An unnamed four-story building at 176 Second Ave. N.
An unnamed four-story building at 174 Second Ave. N.
An unnamed three-story building at 172 Second Ave. N.
An unnamed three-story building at 170 Second Ave. N.
The Rhea Building at 168 Second Ave. N.

The engineering company clarified that its conclusions were based on a “rapid visual assessment” and that a “detailed survey of each of the affected buildings is beyond the scope of this report.”

On Jan. 6, the Metro Codes Department sent a letter to property owners mandating that they contract a structural engineer to evaluate the buildings individually. The contractors must then provide the department a report by Jan. 18, the letter says. The report must detail the structure’s condition and a “reasonable plan” for its “prompt stabilization.”

Metro previously said it would expedite both rehabilitation and demolition permit issuances for the affected buildings.

By Drew Hutchinson – Reporter, Nashville Business Journal

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