Nashville’s codes department has been understaffed for years, compared to the city’s skyrocketing development, officials say. But this week the city budget added 35 new staff, which inches the department closer to where it should be.
Despite updated building codes, even the strongest homes wouldn’t fare well against strong tornadoes.
Damage assessments from the Christmas morning bomb blast on Second Avenue continues to come in less severe than originally feared, particularly to underground infrastructure.
Five of downtown Nashville’s historic buildings will likely undergo at least partial demolition because of damage from the Christmas morning blast. And six more remain at imminent risk of collapse.
A census of the blast zone finds that seven buildings are too unsafe to be occupied, and two are in danger of collapsing.
They enforce the rules on codes, property standards and short-term rentals, but they’re still struggling to keep up with the city’s growth.