CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- SouthPark mall has been pretty tight-lipped about the aftermath of last month's partial roof collapse, but Mecklenburg County building permits offer a glimpse into the damage the mall sustained.
Around a dozen stores are still closed as the state's biggest mall conducts repairs stemming from the roof collapse and flooding, which sent several inches of water spilling down escalators and rushing through parts of the mall. SouthPark had to bring in structural engineers and shore up parts of the structure near Banana Republic and Gap, where the two partial collapses actually occurred.
One permit, issued July 25, is for an $800,000 contract for reconstruction of collapsed roof. The project passed an inspection on Monday, after new concrete double tees were installed to repair the structure. Roof/dry-in installation has begun and is also being verified by engineer, an inspector noted.
Another permit, for $15,000, is for repairs around the mall's escalators. Scope of work includes removal and reinstall of drywall at escalators vertical walls and walls and ceilings and the lower level entry area, the permit says. A permit for an $80,000 project is for removing and reinstalling an air handling unit on the collapsed roof.
There are also permits for repair work to individual stores that point to some of the damage individual stores suffered. A permit for $172,000 worth of work on the Tinder Box Cigars store shows that a contractor will demolish and replace the ceiling, light fixtures, wiring, crown molding, the HVAC unit, and the entry door. A permit for $20,000 at Bebe shows that a contractor will hang, tape and finish drywall at the 2' cut section removed around the perimeter of the space, as well as repainting and reinstalling mirrors and baseboard.