City blocks off portion of King St. over building safety concerns

City blocks off portion of King St. over building safety concerns

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston city officials say structural issues with a downtown building prompted the closure of one lane of traffic and a portion of a sidewalk on King Street.

The lane and sidewalk in front of 288 King Street was closed off Tuesday night, according to city spokesman Jack O'Toole. Officials made the decision to close off the area after they learned from a structural engineer of a potential safety issue.

That building was the home of Nick's Original BBQ, which abruptly closed Tuesday because of the same issue.

Engineer Russell Rosen was working with the building's owners on a planned restoration of the building's exterior when the problems were discovered, O'Toole said.

"After consulting extensively today with Mr. Rosen and the building's owners, City officials ordered a sidewalk and lane closure to protect public safety while a detailed reconstruction plan is formulated," O'Toole said.

He said they expect to have updates over the next 24 to 48 hours as plans are formalized.

The owners of Nick's Original BBQ posted a message to their customers Tuesday announcing the closure of that location and pledging to find a new downtown location.

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