By | October 25, 2017

Martinsville, Ind. – October 25, 2017 – An isolated structural issue on an exterior column on the south exterior wall of the Kivett building at 110 North Main Street has resulted in construction work being stopped on the building while the issue is being evaluated by the contractor and City staff.

According to Public Works Director Craig DeMott, the contractor has provided temporary shoring to secure the building and the issue is being monitored daily.

“As with all projects, safety is an absolute must. We are working closely with the contractor to ensure the company provides an acceptable solution allowing for safe working conditions for those in and around the building and protection for the public. To ensure everyone remains safe, we have red tagged the building with a stop work order effective today.

“The order will remain until the contractor or building owner meets the requirements of the order which includes receipt of plans by our Building and Planning Department that are prepared and certified by a professional engineer as well as proof the structural modifications have been submitted to the Department of Homeland Security,” DeMott said. “The plans shall include, but not be limited to permanent repair, shoring and stabilization of the building.”

As a precautionary measure, Morgan Street from Mulberry Street to Main Street has been closed for the past several days.

The former Kivett’s Five and Dime building is one of three historic structures in downtown Martinsville that will be adapted into The Retreat at Mineral Springs, a multi-million development for residents 55 years and older that is a collaborative effort between the City of Martinsville, Flaherty & Collins Properties and the Community Service Center of Morgan County.