The first time I read correspondent Virginia’s Bridges’ sentence about Liberty Warehouse’s 2.4 acre roof, I thought it might be a mistake.
It wasn’t. Greenfire Development partner Michael Lemanski drives the point home as he leans over a cardboard model of downtown Durham and puts his right index finger on top of the warehouse building.
“Ten thousand roof penetrations,” he says.
What he means is nails, or technically maybe screws. The historic building between Rigsbee Avenue and Foster Street is dotted with skylights from the days the sun illuminated the tobacco warehouse floor. In just the space represented by his finger, there are probably 10,000 holes.
And over time, they leaked. Until May 14 when Greenfire says a poor drainage system led to the collapse of part of that 2.4 acre roof and a flood of bad PR the company is still trying to mop up.