The North Adams Public Safety Committee is recommending that the sidewalk on Union Street along the Hoosac Mill again be blocked off to pedestrian traffic as a safety precaution.
The condition of the 500-foot-long nearly freestanding wall of the former textile mill had been brought up by City Councilor Robert Moulton Jr.  after some bricks fell from one section. The owner responded with a preliminary engineering report and a plan to fix unstable sections, and the city's Building Inspector William Meranti did a visual inspection of the structure.
Moulton, a member of the committee, said he was satisfied with the answers but didn't think that was enough.
The century-old mill had had a catastrophic roof collapse a decade ago, caused by excessive snow load, and the interior was gutted and the wall fortified.
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