Hopes fading for Navajo Street building

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Some mold in West Lafayette City Hall, originally thought be the product of two burst water pipes earlier this year, has actually been developing for years.

Mayor John Dennis said during an investigation crews found the Navajo Street building’s structure has been allowing water to leak into the basement for decades. Dennis said since the building’s construction, more than 40 years ago, the building has sunk a little into the ground allowing water from the soil to come into the basement walls.

Tecton Construction Management started the mold investigation last month. A final report will estimate the cost of repairing the building.

However, Dennis thinks it may be beyond repair.

“With further investigation of what we’re finding, it looks like that’s going to be more and more cost prohibitive,” Dennis said. “So, it looks like, right now, preliminarily that building is done.”

Also in the report, Tecton will quote what it may take to demolish the building.

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