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FSCJ Memo: Local College Parking Garage Poses a Potential Safety Hazard

5:57 PM, Apr 5, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A memo from the District Board of Trustees at Florida State College at Jacksonville states there could be a potential hazard at a parking garage on the Kent Campus on Roosevelt Boulevard on the Westside.

The garage has two walls of missing bricks. First Coast News has found that this is part of a larger problem.  A March 6 memo from the FSCJ Board of Trustees shows, there is, "... a potential safety hazard and must be corrected." 

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There are also, "observed latent defects" with the exterior brick veneer system on the parking garage.  Problems that independent company Warner Construction said could cost more than $1.3 million dollars to fix.

So who is responsible? According to the school, the original construction company and the architectTower Construction and Smith McCrary Architects.  FSCJ has filed lawsuits against both of them. Tower built the garage in 2002.

First Coast News has requested interviews with the college, but they say they will not talk because of the lawsuits. They sent an email late this afternoon stating the building is safe and nothing will fall off of it. 

First Coast News has also called the college president for an interview, as well as Tower Construction and the architect. Requests have been placed for the construction reports. 

First Coast News

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