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Structure to be evaluated

The Town of Pulaski on Tuesday issued an emergency purchase order to hire a firm to evaluate the remaining structure of the Pulaski Train Station.
Town Manager John Hawley said Spectrum Design in Roanoke will evaluate the structure and present the town with a plan for stabilizing walls and securing the structure.
The train station was heavily damaged by fire in the early morning hours of Nov. 17.
Although the town would like to be able to rebuild the station, Hawley said there will be no way of knowing whether any of the existing structure can be salvaged until Spectrum’s analysis is completed.
“The insurance company is pretty positive about a rebuild, but until we get this formal evaluation, we don’t have enough information” to make an informed decision on the future of the train station, the town manager stated.
Hawley said town code gives the town emergency powers that allow it to bypass the bidding process in situations where time is of the essence.
He noted it is important action be taken as soon as possible to preserve what is left of the building if it is salvageable.
In the meantime, town officials will speak with the Virginia Department of Transportation to see if grant funds can be secured a little longer while the town determines what action to take with regards to the train station and proposed new museum.
Only weeks prior to the train station fire, the Pulaski Town Council approved building a new museum on property adjacent to Maple Shade Shopping Center. That action was required to avoid losing the VDOT grant funds.
Now, the town would like to re-evaluate whether to build a separate museum or rebuild the train station to accommodate a larger museum. If the VDOT funds can be secured for a little longer, it would allow for more information on the train station to be collected.

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Structure to be evaluated

The Town of Pulaski on Tuesday issued an emergency purchase order to hire a firm to evaluate the remaining structure of the Pulaski Train Station.
Town Manager John Hawley said Spectrum Design in Roanoke will evaluate the structure and present the town with a plan for stabilizing walls and securing the structure.
The train station was heavily damaged by fire in the early morning hours of Nov. 17.
Although the town would like to be able to rebuild the station, Hawley said there will be no way of knowing whether any of the existing structure can be salvaged until Spectrum’s analysis is completed.
“The insurance company is pretty positive about a rebuild, but until we get this formal evaluation, we don’t have enough information” to make an informed decision on the future of the train station, the town manager stated.
Hawley said town code gives the town emergency powers that allow it to bypass the bidding process in situations where time is of the essence.
He noted it is important action be taken as soon as possible to preserve what is left of the building if it is salvageable.
In the meantime, town officials will speak with the Virginia Department of Transportation to see if grant funds can be secured a little longer while the town determines what action to take with regards to the train station and proposed new museum.
Only weeks prior to the train station fire, the Pulaski Town Council approved building a new museum on property adjacent to Maple Shade Shopping Center. That action was required to avoid losing the VDOT grant funds.
Now, the town would like to re-evaluate whether to build a separate museum or rebuild the train station to accommodate a larger museum. If the VDOT funds can be secured for a little longer, it would allow for more information on the train station to be collected.

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