Posted by Phil Riggan - email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - New information on that balcony collapse at a Richmond apartment complex last week. All the balconies will be removed there.
An independent structural firm, hired by the apartment complex, turned in a report to the city today, and the news wasn't good.
The 14 remaining balconies at the Forest Place Apartments in South Richmond have to come down. They have also said they will put bars on the sliding glass doors.
Five people were injured a porch gave way two weekends ago. The owners had until august 25 to notify the city of their plans. City officials say the report gave the property owners little choice.
"The report found that balconies were hazardous and and the owners had the option of either restoring them or to remove them," said Roy Eidel, City Code Enforcement Manager.
The Forest Place Apartments were built in 1964. The five people injured in the collapse were treated for head, neck, back and spine pain and they have since been released from the hospital.