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Code enforcement officials release reports on Southpark Mall roof collapse


Mecklenburg County code enforcement officials are reviewing two reports submitted from two different engineering and architecture firms about what may have led to the partial roof collapse at Southpark Mall.

The county's code enforcement office said they will review both reports before taken any further action.

The roof on the mall collapsed in two separate places during a severe afternoon thunderstorm on July 20th.

Both collapses occurred atop the original 1968 portion of the mall that was renovated and modernized in 2003, according to the reports.

The engineering firm Wise, Janney, Elstner Associates, of Duluth, Georgia, found no immediate safety hazards but did find a crack in one of the original building supports that had been weighted down more during the 2003 renovations.

The firm also recommended a full examination of the roof atop Gap Kids, Banana Republic and Solstice and to replace a stack of brick supports with a new steel pedestal, according to the report.

The Charlotte-based firm Bartlett, Hartlet & Mulkey found that when a new roof covered the old one in 2003, several drains were blocked and not replaced.

The firm recommends that Simon Properties, who owns the mall, install 14 emergency overflow drains along the original roof.

Several stores, including Banana Republic, remain closed for repairs.

During the roof collapse, water rushed into the mall and flooded out many stores.

It took over two weeks for the majority of stores to reopen as cleanup crews repaired the damage.

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