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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A downtown Greensboro building was evacuated Tuesday after concerns the building was sinking.

The building, located on the corner of South Elm Street and East February 1 Place, is home to the restaurant Cincy's Downtown.

A building inspector condemned the site at about 11:30 a.m. A maintenance worker who was in the building's basement noticed two columns appeared to have sunk about eight inches into the ground. One had water oozing out of it.

The building was evacuated over concerns of building settlement. Settlement refers to when parts of a building are distorted or disrupted due to uneven compression of its foundation, shrinkage or excessive loads being applied to the building.

On Tuesday afternoon, following an inspection, a structural engineer said the building is safe.

Water in the basement pushed the concrete up eight inches, causing it to appear as though the columns sunk down.

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