NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk said Monday it plans to rebuild Selden Arcade, after an explosion last week.
The city-owned building, that serves as Norfolk’s cultural arts center, is closed until further notice, city spokeswoman Lori Crouch said in a statement.
She said the explosion happened around 8:15 p.m. Friday on the East Plume Street side of the building, making it structurally unsafe. The force of the explosion also cut off water and electrical service. Crouch confirmed no one was injured.
Over the weekend, crews made the building structurally sound enough for the local fire marshal’s office to go in and investigate. Crouch said it could be weeks before they are able to determine the cause.
10 On Your Side was there Monday when city officials let artists back inside to get materials and whatever artwork they could carry. Several local artists told WAVY.com this all comes at the worst time for them.
“Artists are in their very busy season right now, with Stockley Gardens, Boardwalk is this summer. So, they were creating for those events. So, we have loss of material goods that artists use. They have loss of their working space. We have no power, don’t know when that will come back up,” an artist said.
Other businesses, like D’egg, are only closed due to the loss of power. The d’Art center is also closed — for updates on programs and classes, click here. The city offices located in Selden are also being temporarily relocated.
Crouch said the city has been working around the clock to find solutions for Selden tenants. For Selden progress updates, click here.