A Philadelphia official says he received an email detailing a developer's concerns weeks before a building collapse killed six people last month, but thought the issues had been resolved.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Commerce Director Alan Greenberger says he got an email May 22 from Thomas J. Simmonds Jr., property manager for STB Investments Corp., the company demolishing the downtown building.
Greenberger says Simmonds complained about problems negotiating access and safety arrangements with the Salvation Army, which ran a thrift shop next door. But Greenberger said in a statement Tuesday he got another email 36 minutes later and thought the issue was being resolved. A Salvation Army attorney says the sides were continuing to talk.
Demolition continued until June 5, when a wall collapsed onto the thrift shop, killing six and injuring more than a dozen.