The Palm Grove Shopping Center located on Waterfront Drive – one of the busiest streets in Road Town – is in the process of being demolished to avert any potential misfortune or injuries.
City Manager Janice Braithwaite-Edwards said the decision to knock down the building was made after engineers labelled it as ‘unsafe’.
She said it was for this same reason 17 leaseholders were told to vacate the premises in late 2017.
She told BVI News the 2017 hurricanes had further comprised the integrity of an already-weak structure.
However, Braithwaite-Edwards said the Wickham’s Cay Development Authority – the owners of the Road Town-based property – plan to erect a new structure at the location.
“Plans are afoot to have it re-established [but] we cannot say when as yet. We know that it will happen,” Braithwaite-Edwards told BVI News.
She also said authorities have not finalised what new structure will be erected at the location.
Coupled with structural concerns, the Palm Grove building had also been affected by crystallite asbestos, a mineral commonly used in building construction.
Inhaling small particles of asbestos can lead to cancer and respiratory illnesses, however, experts said that type of the mineral was not dangerous.