A structurally unsound building behind the Launceston Fire Station has been earmarked for demolition.
Problems with the building were first raised in 2014, when firefighters noticed visible cracking of the walls.
Regular inspections of the building, which was used a storeroom and gym for Tasmania Fire Service members, have been conducted since 2007 because of ground movement issues.
But the building was vacated in May 2017 after a report by MV Consulting recommended either substantial remediation work was carried out or the building be demolished.
The report found the south-east corner of the building had failed by undetermined means and was dragging the building in a “twisting fashion”.
A development application was lodged with the City of Launceston Council to have the building demolished.
In the submission, Wilkin Design director Todd Wilkin said 89 Paterson Street is listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register but the back building does not have heritage value.
“It is the writer’s belief that the facade of the main station facing Paterson St is the reason for the listing and the rear building does not have any heritage values,” he said.
“We believe the ground flood had a small brick building from circa 1940’s (sic) and this was substantially renovated in the 1980’s (sic).
“The end result was a mish mash of materials and finishes and ultimately with a failing foundation.”
The development application closes on January 7.