A couple weeks ago, a tipster informed us of a stop work order posted on a Market Street building near Preston Street. A few days later, another tipster cleared up the matter as a case of mistaken identity. Way to go Broken Sidewalk readers! Share the information.
Apparently, the owner of the building at 327 East Market Street (home to the 8664.org gallery) was “forced” to install a new fire-rated corridor to ensure safe egress from the building’s two upper floors. The building is joined with its neighbor at 325 East Market and an inspector did not notice a permit had already been issued for the project under a different street number. The matter has now been officially cleared and the Stop Work notice has been removed from the door.
It seems a little unfortunate the fire-corridor was required to align the way it does, covering two-thirds of the retail frontage, but the code says safety first.
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