The demolition of the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Facility has been delayed pending litigation and a potential settlement related to the April 30, 2014 natural gas explosion at the facility.
The delay comes at the recommendation of the county’s liability carriers, the liability carriers for AE New Jr. Inc. and Caldwell Associates Architects Inc., along with other subcontractors and suppliers who performed the renovation of the basement of the CBD, which housed laundry and kitchen facilities.
The liability carriers, subcontractors and suppliers are proposing a global settlement of all claims with plaintiff inmates who have filed suit and those inmates and correctional personnel who have potential claims for injuries sustained from the gas explosion.
Until the settlement becomes final, the CBD cannot be demolished, as parties involved in the pending litigation and those considering litigation must have the opportunity to access the facility to inspect, test and photograph should settlement negotiations terminate or come to an impasse. It is hoped that a settlement will be reached in the coming months, as all parties are working hard toward that goal.