What do you do when a multi-ton structure settles into the soil?
Lift it up, of course.
A small portion of Sangertown Square was lifted a little more than an inch Tuesday, helping prevent it from settling deeper into “substandard” soil.
Hydraulic-powered jacks set with screws dug into more solid soil, were placed at the foundation of the mall between the Sears and Macy’s entrances. Once in place, the building was lifted a little more than an inch.
New Hartford Town Codes Officer Joe Booth, who did an inspection of the site Tuesday, said the building settling into the ground cracked the floor on the inside of the mall. He said that the “substandard” soil the mall was built on “lends some credence” to the settling issue.
“This is a very, very small portion of the mall, and they addressed it immediately,” Booth said.
Booth believes that a similar process was used when moving the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina in 1999.
Scott Dumas, general manager of Sangertown, said the maintenance was unique to the mall’s 30-year existence, but is nothing more than “routine.”
“It doesn’t affect the whole building,” he said, adding that the mall was hardly affected during the storms in June.
Woodford Bros. Inc., based south of Fayetteville, were contracted to do the work.
Booth said no other part of the shopping center should be affected, and the portion worked on Tuesday should be fixed permanently.