Johnson City Board of Directors to review issues with two downtown buildings | News

A council assessing substandard building conditions within Johnson’s city limits will assess issues at two downtown properties.

The Johnson City Board of Dwelling Standards and Review will hold show cause hearings for 213 E. Main St. and 204 W. State of Franklin Road during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

Staff will present evidence to council, who will decide whether conditions in the buildings warrant ordering a public hearing.

The building at 213 E. Main St. housed the Atomik Comiks on the first floor.

Development coordinator Will Righter said pieces of the building’s exterior wall fell onto the roof of the Holy Taco Cantina, which is in a shorter nearby structure at 211 E. Main St.

The mortar plaster was coming off in pieces, which the restaurant feared could damage its roof, Righter said.

According to a message on the Atomik Comiks site, the company closed its doors for good in the summer of 2021 after 30 years of activity. Most of the store’s inventory has been sold, but owner Shawn Samier is still on eBay, according to the post.

Samier also owns the building at 213 E. Main St., according to state ownership information.

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The building at 204 W. State of Franklin Road shares an address with 132 Spring St. The top of the building facing State of Franklin Road slopes outward, Righter said, but staff don’t believe that the damage is severe enough to warrant closure. sidewalk.

“We obviously don’t want it to get to the point where it’s a security issue,” Righter said.

The wall facing Spring Street also has loose brickwork near the top of the structure, Righter said.

Permits were issued in early 2019 for interior demolition and roof repairs to the building, but those have since expired, Righter said. City staff members did not enter the building, which is currently vacant.

Johnson City Opportunity Properties LLC owns the building, according to state ownership information. He has an address in Elizabethton.

The storefront at 132 Spring St. once housed Corner Pocket t-shirts and a computer store. He is now barricaded. Second Level Night Club previously occupied 204 W. State of Franklin Road.

These properties will join more than a dozen others on the council’s agenda this Thursday.

The body will also decide whether to lift capacity limits at the Haven of Mercy homeless shelter, which has been capped at 35 residents for more than a year while the Haven completes repairs. This work is now complete.

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