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Old City Hall Owners Agree to Fix Roof
The roof of Tacoma's Old City Hall didn't get repaired in time for autumn rains. The City did, however, reach an agreement last week with property owner, Stratford Co. that should get the work done this year.
According to The News Tribune, the agreement sets a series of deadlines, beginning with a requirement that Stratford send the City a list of bids from companies willing to do the work. The property owner must then obtain permits, show it can finance the work, and begin construction by November 4.
Stratford is required to have the roof repaired by December 20. Just in time for Christmas.
If Stratford doesn't meet the agreement, the City has the authority to enter the building and ensure that the work gets done itself, in which case a lien could be placed on the property for the cost of the repairs.
The company has also agreed to fix other violations on the building, including loose and falling bricks and masonry, and non-functional fire sprinklers, within a year. Stratford has five years to fix less urgent code violations such as water damage and rodent infestations.
A recent inspection led to a "dangerous building" classification for Old City Hall, which gives the City this authority. In the meantime, Tacoma passed a new ordinance, which allows the City to step in earlier when a historic structure is being neglected. Maybe with the implementation of those changes a roof could get replaced before the rains begin ...
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