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Demolition of Chase City’s Leggett building delayed

SoVaNow.com / November 13, 2013


The demolition of the old Leggett building in Chase City, at the corner of Main and Second Streets, is still on hold while the town awaits instructions from the Virginia Department of Transportation on how traffic should be rerouted during the demolition process.

As of Tuesday morning, Chase City Town Manager Ricky Reese said he had still heard no word from officials at VDOT. He speculated that they may wait until after the town finishes work on a railroad crossing and storm water control ditch on West Sycamore Street, since the likely detour route will use West Sycamore.

Because of their size and weight, “You can’t send these transfer trucks down just any street,” explained Reese.

The expected completion date for the crossing and storm water project is Dec. 3, weather permitting. Reese expects the town will be able to reroute traffic off Main Street shortly thereafter, so demolition of the Leggett building can begin. The demotion became inevitable after the roof to the building collapsed in August. The building is owned by Mohammed and Sahar Ghanem, proprietors of Gino’s Restaurant next door.

Reese said the county building inspector has looked at the building, and he appears confident that it is stable, and there is no fear of anything falling on passersby.

Calls to Billy Smith, VDOT’s chief engineer for this area, were not returned.

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