LOUISBURG — The City Council has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the safety of a two-story, brick building that has been shedding pieces of brick.
Michael Ho, owner of the former Phoenix Chinese restaurant at 108 S. Broadway St., has been contacted by certified letter about the problem and notified of a hearing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 to discuss the building as part of the council’s regular meeting that evening at City Hall.
City Administrator Nathan Law told council members Monday, July 1, the downtown building has presented a safety concern to passersby along the sidewalk because of the risk of falling bricks or pieces of bricks.
The city recently closed the sidewalk in front of the downtown building, which has an ornamental cornerstone noting it was built in 1898 by LM & M Co.
“Because of the immediacy of the concern, staff ordered barricades placed along the sidewalk adjacent to Broadway Street,” Law said in a memo to the council.
The hearing would allow Ho, who is said to have relocated to southern California, or his representative to present a plan to abate the issue. At the hearing, the council could set a time frame for Ho to remedy the problem. If the problem is not addressed, the council could make the repairs and collect repair costs from the property owner.
The city is not considering condemning the building. Law told the council Ho has already contacted the city after receiving the letter.