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Why is the Riverwalk blocked behind the J.W. Brooks building?

Julian March
StarNews
The city has closed a section of Riverwalk behind the Brooks Building at 18 S. Water St. because it says the supporting concrete platform is unsafe and needs repairs. Photo by Si Cantwell

The city has closed a section of Riverwalk behind the Brooks Building at 18 S. Water St. because it says the supporting concrete platform is unsafe and needs repairs. Photo by Si Cantwell

Q. How come so much public access is restricted around the Brooks building at 18 Water St.? The Riverwalk is blocked and signs on the gathering area at the foot of Dock Street say, “Private.”

A. The city contends a section of the Riverwalk needs to be reconstructed “due to the unsafe condition” of a supporting concrete platform. In response to the issue, the city closed the section of the Riverwalk behind the Brooks Building at 18 S. Water St. last year.

City staff and the building’s homeowner’s association have been unable, so far, to come to agreement for reconstruction, according to the city.

On April 7, Deputy City Manager Tony Caudle said the parties were working to finalize two minor points. The city council will consider the matter on April 21. At that meeting, the council will consider spending nearly $700,000 to reconstruct the support structure under the Riverwalk.

UPDATE: The City Council voted unanimously on April 21 for that measure. The Riverwalk section will reopen after the construction, which may last eight or 10 months.

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