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Engineer inspects San Jose Parish after wall cracks

– but the diocese says it’s probably just the parish’s fa?ade that’s damaged. abc-7’s maria garcia is live with the story. the city of el paso confirmed it sent an inspector to san jose church in the lower valley last wednesday – responding to a complaint. now this is an old building. it was built in 1912 and has a stucco facade. a parishioner i spoke with says he doesn’t feel safe inside the church anymore. you can see there are big cracks on the side wall of the church. last friday – the city recommended the church hire an enginner to assess if the walls are safe. and also suggested the church limit occupancy. the church voluntarily decided to stop using the building and instead hold mass at the hall next door. the diocese communication director says the diocese believes the problem is more with the facade, not with the structure of the building: “a structural study will just show that in fact the inside of the building is fine, and its just the outside of the building that needs to be addressed. and that’s kind of what we’re thinking as well because if you look at the cracks on the outside of the building and then you go inside where that crack would be the inside looks fine. ” the church is not condemned. and o hara says they expect the structural study to be finished in about two weeks.

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