20'x26' building, located in NW Arkansas. The structure is at least 70 years old and makes use of some native stone for its foundation (see attached image - apologies for the quality of the photo). Needless to say, it's beginning to fail and there are some significant gaps in it. The city is requesting that the owner have a full footer placed under the structure and the owner is proposing 1/8" lath and parge to shore it up. I am unaware of parging being used to provide structural integrity in and of itself. In my opinion, parging is mainly to protect the foundation from the elements. Whatever structural reinforcement gained as a result of parging would only be incidental in my opinion. Thoughts?
Many thanks for any and all input!