Building damage again forces closure of Papa Murphy’s

By Jessica Cejnar / The Del Norte Triplicate

For the second time in less than six months, Papa Murphy's Pizza in Crescent City has been forced to close its doors due to unsafe building conditions.

After an October rain and hail storm resulted in a roof collapse in a vacant space at 611 M Street, officials have red-tagged the building, said City Manager Eugene Palazzo. Occupancy at the building's northern end has been prohibited, according to signs posted on the structure.

Papa Murphy's is expected to be closed for up to eight weeks while employees wait for the roof to be replaced, according to a recorded message at the store. A sign posted on the restaurant door states that employees can have limited access to remove equipment and supplies, but cannot occupy the space. Spotlight Video at the south end of the building remains open.

"Several teams came through here (and said) we're fine," said April Clark, Spotlight's store manager. "They said it looks like you guys are on the right side of the building."

The city's decision to red-tag the building's north end is related to the roof collapse, Palazzo said. A recent engineering report deemed that portion of the building structurally unsound, he said. The county building inspector, whose services are contracted by the city, corroborated the report.

Palazzo added that he doesn't know the details as to why the building was deemed structurally unsafe.

The building is currently owned by the Rite Aid corporation. A Rite Aid spokesman said information on what repairs were needed and how long they would take was unavailable.

Rain, hail and a rotted sub-structure sent the roof crashing into the storefront between Papa Murphy's and the former State Farm Insurance office on Oct. 23. Leaky conditions contributed to the incident, County Building Official Dave Thompson said in October.

Spotlight Video was closed for about a day and a half due to the roof collapse.

Following the incident, State Farm agent Lisa McKeown moved her office to 1080 Mason Mall near US Bank.

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com .

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