PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — An old building in Petersburg partially collapsed on Sunday, leaving some in fear that more could fall at any moment.
The John Nash building on West Bank Street, built in the 1800s, is in rough condition. Building inspectors are now trying to determine if it can be saved without being demolished.
“The owners of the building found out it was cracking a couple of weeks ago, 2-3 weeks ago, and then finally realized the crack was getting bigger and then finally called the city and then the fire department,” said Spiros Georgogianis, who owns a nearby restaurant that utilizes the parking lot next to the crumbling building.
The instability of the building has caused the lot and a portion of West Bank Street to close while inspectors determine what to do next.
“The best thing is to tear it down because I think it’s beyond saving, and for the safety of everybody else,” Georgogianis explained.
The City of Petersburg says they’re working with a structural engineer to determine the probability of stabilizing the building, which is owned by Bank Street LLC.
“The building is in such bad shape, I don’t know what it would take to fix it,” Georgogianis added. “But is it worth it? I don’t know. it’s up to them to decide that.”
8News is waiting to hear back from the building’s owners. Check back for updates.