The city issued a Notice of Violation to GGP Ala Moana LLC, the owner of Ala Moana Center, today after Department of Planning and Permitting inspectors found rust and spalling in metal railings at the mall, which was the site of a fatal fall Sunday.
A man was killed and another critically injured after they fell four stories when a railing collapsed near the Hookipa Terrace Sunday night. Following the incident, DPP inspected Hawaii’s largest mall Monday and Tuesday.
Inspectors found evidence of rust where the collapsed rail was embedded in the concrete, as well as on other railings in the general vicinity, the city said in a press release this afternoon.
The notice was issued to GGP Ala Moana, an affiliate of General Growth Properties.
GGP has 30 days to obtain a building permit and repair the deteriorated posts, the city said. Failure to do so could lead to an initial fine of $100 and $100 each day the violation is not corrected.
“The evidence indicates a safety issue with the railings and we issued a Notice of Violation, which requires the owner to apply for a building permit to repair or replace the damaged railings,” said Art Challacombe, the city’s acting director of planning and permitting. “Our top priority is the health and safety of the public.”