Water damages downtown SV building

SPRING VALLEY — A building in downtown Spring Valley is in dire need of repair with severe structural and water damage.

The building at 200 E. St. Paul St. needs an entirely new floor on the first level with the wood completely saturated with water and boards rotted, according to city engineer Jack Kusek at Monday’s council meeting.

“The floor should be done immediately,” Kusek said. “The first floor has to be totally replaced.”

He suggested no more than 60 days go by before work is done on the first floor of the buildings. The mortar in both the brickwork and the foundation has been severely damaged by water. Kusek said the mortar in the foundation is soft and the mortar in the brickwork has turned to sand.

If work doesn’t happen on the building soon, then it could lead to additional water damage.

“It’s a condition that’s going to get worse,” Kusek said.

The city has cracked down on many property owners recently in an effort to repair downtown buildings, preserve safety for the residents, and keep water and other damage from impacting other local businesses.

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