Stonefield Developers Take Steps after Canopy Falls

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The developer of the Shops at Stonefield in Albemarle County is working to make sure its canopies are safe after one of them fell from the building's façade.

The developer, EDENS, says a decorative canopy in front of the future site of Cyclone Anaya's restaurant fell about two weeks ago.

A team from EDENS checked all of the canopies and found another one loose. Crews have since replaced the canopies so people walking underneath them are safe.

The company believes this winter's rough weather was a factor.

Statement from EDENS:

Monday, March 19, 2014--On the evening of Friday, March 7, an ornamental canopy detached from the building façade at The Shops at Stonefield.

The canopy was located over the sidewalk outside the future site of Cyclone Anaya’s, a restaurant. There were no injuries and the damage was minimal. Upon hearing of the incident, EDENS immediately dispatched a team to the site to assess the situation and take any necessary measures to ensure the safety of the tenants and shoppers. The team was joined by representatives from the project’s general contractor, R W Smith Company.

The EDENS team initiated a thorough investigation of the remaining canopies early Saturday morning, and one other canopy was found to show similar signs of loosening. As a precautionary measure, all canopies were reinforced with a simple structural bracing and cordoned off with safety fence. The canopy at the entrance of Regal Cinema was inspected and found to be unaffected.

EDENS has initiated an investigation into the cause of the incident, and all project stakeholders are collaborating fully. Both EDENS and R W Smith have stationed professionals on-site 24 hours a day until the canopies are replaced and site conditions are restored. All tenants have been notified.

At this point, the exact cause cannot be determined, though weather, heavy snowfall, and multiple freezes and thaws are likely contributing factors.

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