436 Georgia St. Teetering on Brink of Collapse


8/24/14 — 4:55 PM — The Building at 436 Georgia St. in downtown Vallejo suffered structural damage and a partial internal collapse during this morning’s 6.0 quake. The building, formerly Crowley’s Depart Store is four stories tall and constructed of unreinforced masonry. The west side wall which is adjacent to the apartment complex at 426 Georgia is displaying cracks and has begun to bow. The building has been red tagged. A section of the masonry parapet wall extending above the roof collapsed and fell on the apartments below prompting firefighters and building officials to evacuate residents.

City Manager Dan Keen and Public Works Director David Kleinschmidt were on scene to evaluate the situation. Building owner Buck Kamphausen is rushing  to bring in an industrial crane from his commercial diving and salvage company to remove the top two stories of the structure before they possibly collapse. A collapse would put the apartments at 426 Georgia at risk as well as the Victory Army Navy store (which has been evacuated as well) located behind the building and across the alley. Concern over the situation should there be an aftershock is high.


Errata: The address of the building in question was originally reported as 480 Georgia St. and the apartment complex as 468 Georgia





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