Buildings along river to be checked

MILFORD – The town will hire an engineering firm to evaluate all the buildings on the west side of the Oval for possible structural damage after one of the buildings was found to have a damaged foundation.
William McKinney, the town’s commercial code enforcement officer, said Wednesday that engineers will be asked to evaluate all the foundations and retaining walls on the river side of the Oval.
“It appears there is one building (with structural damage) and we fear there are others,” he said.
On Sept. 18, the town discovered that the building where the River House Cafe is located had structural problems after someone noticed that contractors were doing work on the building, said McKinney.
“We suspected they were doing more than” normal repairs, he said.
The restaurant is still open for business, and “there’s no immediate life or safety threat,” McKinney said.
“We are in the assessing phase,” he said. “We will look at all foundations, and I’ve spoken to each property owner and all have granted permission to assess their properties.”
Pam Kennedy, the owner of the building and operator of the River House, could not be reached at presstime.
McKinney said that if expensive repairs have to be made, the town’s community development office or planning office could seek grants to help building owners.
The great amount of water flowing fast through the Souhegan River in recent years, could have caused the damage, he said.