Crestview CRA board approves 1920s building renovation extension

Crestview CRA building renovation

A crack above the green door was discovered on this 1920s Main Street building’s façade when vinyl siding was removed.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 05:22 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Renovation of a 1920s Main Street commercial building temporarily halted upon the discovery of cracks in the building's façade and foundation.

Cracks in the three-course-thick brickwork were discovered as workers stripped 1970s vinyl siding from a building on Main Street’s 200 block that houses Brad Stewart’s law offices.

"There's a pretty prominent crack in the front of the building," Stewart said. "The corner is actually slightly tilted. We needed to engage an engineer for structural soundness."

Stewart said the engineer did not find foundation or structural problems and approved the project to continue, but the work’s scope expanded to repair the cracks, moving the expected completion date later than planned.

The building’s Main Street face will receive "age-specific" brick, while the alley façade likely will have a mural depicting the building when it was new, Stewart said.

Meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board, the Crestview City Council unanimously approved Stewart's request for an extension to façade improvement work on the historic building. He had received a $9,000 grant from the CRA for the restoration project.

Under CRA rules, businesses that receive façade improvement grants — which can be as much as $10,000 — have six months to complete the approved work.



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