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Town won't intervene in collapsed building dispute

Posted on April 19, 2021

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A feral cat spotted last week ignores the vacate order in place at the old Bubbles & Bows Pet Salon. The groomer and two other businesses have been closed since an adjacent building's wall collapsed in November.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

A feral cat spotted last week ignores the vacate order in place at the old Bubbles & Bows Pet Salon. The groomer and two other businesses have been closed since an adjacent building's wall collapsed in November.

lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

SPRING HOPE — Town officials say they won’t step between downtown property owners in their feud over a collapsed building.

“However y’all resolve it, amicably or not amicably, that’s between y’all,” Town Attorney Mark Edwards told property owners John Clark and members of Faith Christian Ministries during the Spring Hope Board of Commissioners’ April 5 meeting.

Officials said the town is happy to mediate, but ultimately it’s up to the two parties to resolve their disagreement on how to move forward after Clark’s building partially collapsed onto buildings the charity owns.

Falling debris from the dilapidated warehouse’s crumbling wall closed three downtown businesses in November.

Clark, owner of the Main Street warehouse, told town commissioners that while the collapse was unfortunate, he wanted to save the remainder of the building.

The collapse closed Bubbles & Bows Pet Salon, Cherish’D Crown Natural Hair Care and Faith Christian Ministries’ clothing resale store.

FCM President Joedell Richardson told commissioners April 5 that the charity needed to get back to helping the people of Spring Hope.

“We cannot help them if we are closed,” Richardson said.

For safety reasons, the businesses have been under a vacate order since the collapse. Town Manager Jae Kim said last week that occupant and visitor safety remain the town’s top priorities.

Richardson asked the town to remove the vacate order so Faith Christian Ministries can begin to repair its thrift store, which is a critical funding source for the organization.

FCM member Kay Mitchell provided a letter from Daniel Proctor, a professional engineer with the Nashville firm of Wild and Blue.

“It is my professional opinion that your building located at 203 W. Main St. is structurally sound and is suited for restoration/renovation,” Proctor wrote in his letter, which Mitchell read during the meeting.

Town Attorney Mark Edwards read the second sentence of the same paragraph: “However, construction activities should not be allowed in and/or around your building until the collapse has been removed.”

Edwards said when Clark and Faith Christian Ministries remove the debris, Spring Hope will rescind the vacate order.

Mitchell said Clark was given two weeks to demolish the wall. It’s been five months.

“Y’all need to work it out among yourselves,” Edwards said. “When the work is completed and the building is safe, you will be able to get back in the building,”

While the three businesses haven’t been able to open, Clark has performed woodworking in his building with use of a generator.

Bubbles & Bows owner Betsy Strickland, who leased a building from Faith Christian Ministries, initially moved her business to her Franklin County homestead after the collapse. She asked to remain on the Downtown Development Board since she hoped to return to town at some point.

Strickland opened a salon on South Barnes Street in downtown Nashville on April 7.

In a social media statement, she said she was moving on from the nightmare the Spring Hope situation has become, but wanted to remain active with both the Downtown Development Board and the Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce. 

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