Surprise morning for attorney and employees

BUILDING FRONTAGE FALLS — Concrete from the façade to Garrison Law Office litters the sidewalk on Seventh Street Wednesday morning. It was expected to be professionally removed Thursday.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
BUILDING FRONTAGE FALLS — Concrete from the façade to Garrison Law Office litters the sidewalk on Seventh Street Wednesday morning. It was expected to be professionally removed Thursday.



— Attorney Doug Garrison and his staff arrived at the office Wednesday morning to a very unpleasant surprise.

The sidewalk in front of the building was littered with what used to be the facade.

“That’s what we found when we came to work,” Garrison said.

He’d received a little forewarning via a text message from Maria Elena Gonzalez, one of Garrison’s employees.

“She said, ‘Your building is falling down’,” Garrison recalled.

The good news, he said, is there wasn’t anyone injured, and no cars were parked overnight in front of the building.

His first duty of the morning involved cordoning off the sidewalk in front of the building at 516 S. Seventh St.

The facade consists of concrete “… it’s heavy,” Garrison said.

Not knowing the cause of the facade’s failure and whether any more of it will fall off the building, he wants the sidewalk to be safe.

Garrison contacted his insurance company and a contractor, who was expected to clean up the debris on the sidewalk Thursday.

The contractor is anticipated to assess the remaining facade and try to determine the cause of the failure that led to the concrete landing on the sidewalk.

Under the facade is brick. The building was constructed in 1955, and Garrison said a remodel of the interior was completed in 1980 or 1981.

There was once an awning attached to the building where the facade failed, he said.

“That was taken down several years ago,” Garrison said, noting there was damage to the awning.

Looking on the bright side, he said the facade falling down precipitates a project he has been hoping to complete anyhow.

“It will just happen sooner than I thought,” Garrison quipped.



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