Addition wall collapses at downtown building

A utility worker relocates power lines at the downtown building that had a portion of its back wall – the wall of an addition to the structure – collapse over the weekend. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry

A utility worker relocates power lines at the downtown building that had a portion of its back wall – the wall of an addition to the structure – collapse over the weekend. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry

A portion of a back wall to an addition at a downtown building collapsed overnight Friday, scattering bricks into the doctor’s parking lot at Fayetteville Medical Associates just off South Elk Avenue.

The building, which is vacant, is located at 129 Market Street on the south side of Fayetteville. It is situated next door to Young Vintage & Antiques.

Utility crews were on site Thursday, moving power lines, so that other work can begin to shore up the building. City personnel had put up barricades Saturday morning to ensure the safety of passersby.

“From a preliminary standpoint, the main building appears to be okay,” said C.G. Thompson, who owns the building. “We’re going to get in there and shore it up as soon as we can.”

“The old part of the building is very stable,” said Jeff Siefert, city building inspector and director of codes, during Tuesday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. “It’s the back part that was added on that we’re concerned about maybe causing more damage.”

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