More stores open, more delays at SouthPark Mall

More stores open, more delays at SouthPark Mall

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by BEN THOMPSON / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 25 at 5:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- SouthPark Mall allowed most of its remaining 90 shops to reopen Wednesday after last week's roof collapse closed much of the building.  

Many of the newly opened shops still had obvious signs of water damage.   Still, other stores that seemed to have no damage, remained closed.

A small 200-foot section in the center corridor is blocked off in front of GAP and Banana Republic where the roof gave way in two places during a heavy rainstorm Friday. 

Mecklenburg County Code enforcement told NewsChannel 36 the private contractor indicated the work to shore up and stabilize the area of the collapse is more difficult than expected. 

They had hoped to finish that process Wednesday.

"It's taking them longer than they thought," said James Bartl, director of code enforcement.

Bartl said the process of repairing and covering the actual holes in the roof won't happen until Friday and Saturday.

On Wednesday, NewsChannel 36 obtained the 911 calls from Friday that reveal the concern among shoppers.

"Can you see sky, or is it just like ceiling, ceiling tiles," the dispatcher asked one caller.

"It's just the ceiling.  It’s just like water everywhere", the worried caller responded.

Nobody was injured in the roof collapse. 

County officers say an official cause hasn't been determined.
 
 

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