BEIRUT: Tripoli mayor Nader al-Ghazal called an emergency session of the municipal council to discuss methods to manage a soon-to-collapse building in the densely populated Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood Saturday.
The emergency session concluded on three points: the building is a threat to public safety and must be demolished; a contracter must be assigned to remove the cracked parts of the building, as per the engineering department’s report and; a fund must be created to cover the costs of demolition and construction, whose charges will be levied as a debt on the owner.
Ghazal also visited the building along with an architect and a lawyer to examine its condition; it is believed that the building could collapse at any moment.
Security forces closed off streets in Bab al-Tabbaneh Friday and helped civilians evacuate the neighborhood when panic struck over the imminent collapse of the building.
Its ground floor is occupied by fruit and vegetable shops, but the upper floors have been abandoned for many years.