House under construction partially collapses in Old Town | ParkRecord.com

House under construction partially collapses in Old Town

by Jay Hamburger, THE PARK RECORD

A house under construction in Old Town partially collapsed into an excavation underneath the structure late in the week, leaving it perched at an angle along a heavily traveled section of Park Avenue just of Main Street.

The address numbers on the house show it as 923 Park Ave. It appears a crew was building a foundation by raising the house and then working underneath the structure, a common practice when redeveloping historic properties in the neighborhood.

It was not immediately clear when the partial collapse occurred. A stop work order issued by the Park City Building Department and posted at the site was dated Friday. Information from City Hall was not immediately available.

The stop work order indicates a structural engineer must "identify methods to stabilize" the structure. It also says the contractor needed to secure the site by 6 p.m. on Friday. It indicates officials notified the contractor at 4 p.m. and a subcontractor at 4:17 p.m. The posting also says the Park City Building Department and the Park City Planning Department would be required to approve any demolition.

The construction site is protected by a chainlink fence. Yellow police tape had been placed on the fence by midday Saturday. The police tape extended to a driveway of a house next door to the north. The partially collapsed structure was leaning toward the driveway.

Onlookers on Saturday were stopping to take pictures.