ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) The IOP Mayor tells News 2 a second inspection was done at a local restaurant by an engineer hired by the tenant leasing the Morgan Street Grill building. That engineer reported the floor isn’t failing, but it is rotting and needs to be repaired.
Earlier this year, the city hired Hill Construction to assess the city-owned property ahead of collecting new RFPs for the site. The report identified floor rot and the tented areas that aren’t built to current or former codes.
“We feel this situation presents a dangerous condition and needs the direct attention of the Building Official,” the inspector noted. “Inspectors note deferred maintenance and happenstance modifications have created an unsafe environment.”
The city alerted the tenant to the issues from the commissioned inspection in March. Since then the mayor says the tenant and the city have been working together to address the problems.
The mayor says the rotting floor has been temporarily fixed.
“I’m not worried that the employees are going to fall through the floor,” he told News 2. “But the work needs to be done as quickly as possible, and we’ve taken steps to ensure that.”
“The tenant has retained a structural engineer to perform periodic inspections until the permanent repairs are completed,” the Interim City Administrator, Desirée Fragoso, told News 2.
As for who is responsible for the repairs needed at the restaurant, the mayor says the tenant signed a triple net lease, which means the tenant is responsible for the building maintenance and repairs. News 2 requested and we are waiting for a copy of that lease.
As for the future of the grill, the mayor says the city will put out an RFP by the end of this year. A new lease must be signed by October 2020.
“It is the City’s goal to continue to lease the building to be operated as a restaurant,” the Interim City Administrator, Desirée Fragoso, told News 2. “Prior to starting the “Request for Proposals” process, the City hired Hill Construction to perform a detailed assessment of the restaurant building and evaluate and provide alternatives to either repair the existing building or replace with a new building.”
The report was presented to the Real Property Committee at their May 1st meeting.
“The safety of our residents and visitors is the City’s utmost concern. The City is actively working with the tenant to ensure that any concerns raised by this recent report are addressed quickly and appropriately so that Morgan Creek Grill may continue to operate through the end of their lease term,” Fragoso, told News 2 Friday.
The tenant declined request for comment.