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Crews replace ceiling after facade collapse

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Months after the façade of CVS collapsed, crews are back at the Medical Arts Shopping Center.

The center's owner says engineers recommended replacing the ceiling of the shopping center. Those repairs are underway.

CVS added the façade five years ago, but it collapsed in June when two nails withdrew from a 2-by-4 board, leaving the front exposed. The collapse damaged several cars and injured a woman.

The owner said replacing the ceiling of the shopping center is only a precaution. Engineers never found anything wrong with it, but he isn't taking any chances.

"Since the collapse, they have done their best to try to help with the rest of the building stabilization," said Darrien Duncan, an employee at Southeastern Medical Equipment Co.

Crews said they are only replacing the ceiling that leads up the CVS. The shopping center owner is still waiting to hear back from CVS whose insurance is supposed to be covering those repairs.

A representative for CVS released a statement: "We are discussing liability issues with the property's landlord and the contractor".

Some folks had to pay out-of-pocket to repair their cars when it collapsed and CVS said they intend reimburse them for those expenses.  

Crews will be repairing the ceiling for next eight weeks and businesses say they are anxious for things to be back to normal.

"You look over here and you have tractors and you don't know if the store is open because we have it shut in so debris won't fall on anybody's head," Duncan said.

Businesses at Medical Arts want people to know they are open despite all the construction.

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