The owner of a Tacoma water and fire restoration company said that, based on what he has seen inside Old City Hall, repairing the damage is at least a million-dollar job.
Lloyd Shaw, owner of ServePro, got in touch with me after reading the story I wrote for Sunday's paper about the historic Tacoma building that is going through foreclosure and suffered major water damage on the day before Thanksgiving.
Shaw's father-in-law owns a carpet restoration business in Lynnwood that did a walk-through of Old City Hall on Nov. 26, two days after a broken pipe poured 30,000 gallons of water into the building. Shaw went with his father-in-law just to see what had happened.
"I figure that it's about a million (dollar) mitigation, and depending on how you do the repairs, it would be another million (or) two million on top of that," Shaw said.
Shaw also said he's noticed water condensation on the inside of the windows and hardwood floors buckling. News Tribune photographer Janet Jensen and I saw the same things on the building's east side. We also saw workers in white protective suits and blue masks, doing what looked like the start of demolition work.
Building owner George Webb told me last week that removal of wet material would begin "imminently."