There has been a lot of curiosity about what’s happening with the Falls General Store. To answer that question we’ve set up this blog to keep the community updated on the activity and the status as it transpires. Since purchasing the building in September 2010, we have been actively taking the appropriate steps to re-establish the store at that location.
The store closed it’s doors officially in April 2010. When we purchased the building in September, a full review of the structure was done and it was apparent that the building was in dire need of repair, maintenance and a lot of TLC. The structure is 119 years old. Time has taken it’s toll on the building and the materials it was constructed with. In addition it falls well short of the current day safety and energy requirements to meet federal, state and local codes. All of the electrical, plumbing and heating need to be replaced. The structure needs to be repaired and reinforced from top to bottom to allow for safe occupancy.
To date a new septic/waste system has been installed to handle the appropriate requirements for a building that size. The previous system was non functional and problematic especially during the winter when it would freeze up.
The foundation of the building has been completely buttressed and the floor leveled on the main floor. Many may remember how the floor sloped in the store. This was due to the collapse of the structure beneath the floor. The old timber joists and columns fractured and gave away in many areas causing the sag which would eventually collapse under the weight of the building on top. The structural poles, visible throughout the store were basically facade since there was no structure beneath them. We have installed 52 cement filled lally columns with new concrete bases and laminated joists to shore up the foundation and straighten the main floor.