Centre ‘safe’ again

2020-01-29 06:02

Having reopened for commerce, it is business as usual at Bloemfontein’s Central Park Shopping Centre.

This popular shopping complex in Bloemfontein’s Central Business District was temporarily closed last Wednesday (22/01) after a portion of the ceiling collapsed.

After an investigation into the safety of the centre was conducted, it reopened for business the next day.

The centre serves as Interstate Bus Lines’ main station for commuters, but the temporary closure did not affected its service.

The company operates from the rooftop-le­vel of the shopping centre, and ticket sales continued without incident.

Fortress REIT, the real estate investment trust managing the centre, assured customers in a media statement that the shopping complex is safe.

The group stated that an investigation was underway to determine the cause and the extent of the damage resulting from the ceiling’s collapse of a portion of the ceiling at the shopping complex.

An engineer was immediately deployed to conduct an investigation.

“Fortress’s main priority, together with the experienced property managers on the ground, has been ensuring the safety of customers,” the real estate group stated.

The group said it has been ascertained that no further structural damage was detected.

The portion of ceiling which collapsed was at the old section of the shopping complex.

While there were no fatalities, according to the real estate group, eight people sustained injuries as a result of the incident and received treatment.

The shopping complex is home to 66 tenants who operate businesses.are running business.

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