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Recommended repairs for BB&T building reviewed

By Joe Beck — jbeck@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL — The Town Council got its first look Monday at a shopping list of recommended repairs to the downtown BB&T building if the town were to agree to purchase the structure from the bank company.

The repairs were included in an overall inspection of the building’s condition conducted in late November by ECS Mid-Atlantic, a Chantilly-based engineering firm. The firm’s inspectors rated the 16,415-square-foot building at 102 E. Main St. in good to fair condition among most of the construction systems it inspected.

Most the building, occupied by BB&T until it moved the bank office in early November, was constructed in 1981.

The costs associated with the repairs are blacked out in copies of the reports issued to the media, although town officials, citing an exemption in the state’s open records law, can discuss cost estimates in closed meetings. Town Manager Steve Burke said the costs will probably be made public later in the month when the council is also expected to decide whether to make an offer to buy the building.

The list of immediately needed repairs identified by ECS Mid-Atlantic includes damaged and missing asphalt shingles, the concrete sidewalk at one of the entrances, chimney cap, and a drain pipe for the roof drainage system.

The engineering firm’s report describes the outside cases of some of the cooling units as “rusted and the age of the units could not be determined but appeared to be original to the age of the bank. The expected useful life of the package units is approximately 20 years” but repairs may have to be initiated within one year.

Another section of the report identifies repair and maintenance projects for later dates as they become necessary.

They include parts of the roofing system, interior access to a roof hatch, and parts of the cooling system.

In other activity, the council approved revisions to ordinances governing special events such as parades, festivals and concerts. Revisions to ordinances covering retail signs and the discharge of BB guns were also approved.

The change affecting BB guns would allow them to be discharged on private property under certain conditions. The change was made to bring the city code into conformance with a recently passed state law.