March 9, 2014
The Landmark Hotel has a few more pieces of plywood surrounding the first floor, but many question whether that's enough to keep the structure safe.
A group of contractors removed some of the green boards that were damaged on the outside of the structure last week. Charlottesville city council said something had to be done to make the Landmark safe.
The owner, John Dewberry, sent a construction crew from Charleston, S.C., to take care of the problem, but to people walking by, it's still an eyesore. They question if it's really safe.
"You see the concrete floors, and it's been sitting there for quite some time," passerby Tom Owen said. "You got your elements, your water, your freezing and thawing and stuff. So you might have some structural integrity issues."
Dewberry said he has secured the building and will begin work on it once he finishes another project in South Carolina.