Building facade collapses on Beacon Street in Somerville

On September 9, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Most of the facade at 296 – 298 Beacon St. collapsed around 10 a.m. Monday morning. The address is the home of Mixtura and Zoe’s Chinese restaurant. No injuries were reported. Inspectors are on the scene.


6 Responses to “Building facade collapses on Beacon Street in Somerville”

  1. MarketMan says:

    Will Somerville now start enforcing property maintenance? Or will they do pay someone to do a “study” to see how many properties need maintenance work?

  2. PixiePocahontas says:

    I agree, MarketMan, but how about hiring the right people for the Inspectional Services Department who will go out and do their jobs properly?

    They have no problem targeting and citing individuals for their disobedience of snow removal and absence of barrel covers, but depending on who the person may be who has violated building codes and standards?

  3. Ray Spitzer says:

    Wow. Somebody could have gotten killed there!!! I walk right there with my kids all the time.

  4. A.Moore says:

    It was probably the same company that built the China Fair one. Some can be very obvious they are going but many times it is unseen that the cement inside is disintegrating. Then the weight of it just let’s go all at once.

  5. ritepride says:

    Last thing we need is another costly/useless study contracted out to one of the mayor”s buddies. Evidently these old storefroonts that have been around for decades, have had numerous businesses occupy them over the years. Signs, awnings, etc get mounted, removed, replaced.

    The new business get permits to install new signs on their facade but no one from the city goes and inspects the walls before and after the installation.

    Another case of Somerville ordinances put in place with no planning/funding for enforcement/fines.

  6. A.Moore says:

    This goes way beyond inspectional services. I know of at least one of the inspectors has a mason background but I am pretty sure to know if any of these are dangerous it needs someone who is expert at that. No offense to the inspectors but these can be difficult to figure out as much of it is inside and unseen. The big problem is the suddeness as most of these just don’t go a little at a time. They just get weaker over time and then all of a sudden let go. Some I have seen have rebar(I believe) that over time rusts away and helps with weakening it plus the cement turning into powder. That’s about the extent of what I have seen.

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