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City to consult experts about condition of Blue Building
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McMinnville officials are lining up a structural engineer and an environmental engineer to offer their opinions on the condition of the Blue Building.
Mayor Jimmy Haley was instructed by Building and Grounds Committee members on Jan. 8 to have a structural and environmental inspection of the building done.
Haley says he has made progress and has lined up the individuals. He is now attempting to work out an agreeable date with Peter Metts of AEI Architects and Engineers out of Cookeville. Metts is bringing one of the company’s structural engineers and an environmental engineer to examine the building.
“When we get a date arranged, they are going to do a walk through of the building,” said Haley. “Then, a closer inspection.”
The structural engineer will be checking to make sure the building is structurally sound, while the environmental engineer will be looking at asbestos abatement and mold.
Metts was asked by Haley about the possibility of drawing up plans for renovation based on use.
“He was excited about the project,” said Haley. “He said they would love to construct a plan for the building based on our needs of it being a multi-use facility because it could have, possibly, the Police Department, Fire Department, or a visitor’s center.”
Haley added, “I can’t remember if it was Livingston or Algood, but the city provided executive suites for industrial recruitment purposes. He likes the building and loves challenges. He has several buildings in Cookeville that he has done things like this to them.”
Committee chairman Ben Newman attempted to slow down drawing up plans until after the requested information was received.
“Let’s stay on course,” said Newman. “First, a structural analysis. Let’s knock that out so we will know if it’s worth doing anything with. Could you let me know when they will be doing that? I would like to be there.”
Haley says it should be in the next two to three weeks.