Cambridge officials extend fencing near Hearn building

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper Protective fencing is being erected around the building adjacent to the Hearn building, at 507 Race Street, after investigation determined the internal structure of the building has been compromised by internal collapse. The 507 Race building (to the right of the Hearn building in the above photo) has been  without a roof since an arson fire gutted the building in 2012.

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper
Protective fencing is being erected around the building adjacent to the Hearn building, at 507 Race Street, after investigation determined the internal structure of the building has been compromised by internal collapse. The 507 Race building (to the right of the Hearn building in the above photo) has been without a roof since an arson fire gutted the building in 2012.

CAMBRIDGE — During a recent visual inspection of the façade and cornice on the Herbert Hearn Hardware building at 509-511 Race St., representatives from Century Engineers noticed potentially dangerous structural issues with the neighboring building at 507 Race St., which has been vacant and without a roof since an arson fire gutted the building in 2012.

As a result of the subsequent report, the City of Cambridge extend ed protective fencing in front of the building, to include 507 Race St. and the adjacent alleys to ensure public safety until a solution can be determined. No street closures were expected and parking should not be impacted.

“The current condition of (507 Race St.) is very poor. The third floor framing has deteriorated and the front (east) section has collapsed from exposure and elements,” wrote William Rockey, vice president of Building Structures at Century Engineers. “The 2x lumber shoring used to stabilize the top story of the brick exterior walls from the outside of the building has deteriorated and is dangerously inadequate.”

With renovation of the Hearn Building being scheduled, Mr. Rockey expressed concern for the workers, pedestrians and surrounding buildings.

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