Charleston announces second sidewalk, lane closure on King St. over safety concerns

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Building safety concerns prompted Charleston officials to close off a portion of King Street for the second time in 24 hours.

The sidewalk and parking lane in front of 593 King Street have been blocked off because of concerns about that building's brickwork, city spokesman Jack O'Toole says.

That appears to be the area occupied by the old Read Brothers building.

A structural engineer is assessing the situation and is expected to issue a report on the building's condition within 24 to 48 hours, O'Toole said.

"At the present time, this issue appears to be unrelated to the facade problem that we addressed yesterday almost a mile away at Jim and Nick's Barbecue," City Planning Director Jacob Lindsey said.

One lane of traffic and a sidewalk in front of the restaurant, which had been located at 288 King Street, was closed Tuesday over concerns about the facade of that building. On Wednesday, experts said damage from the earthquake of 1886 may not have properly been repaired, leading to structural problems.

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