Yikes! Less than an hour ago, the entire back corner of the old Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court collapsed. Officials were still trying to figure out who was going to talk to the press when the Hook arrived on the scene. Stay tuned for details!
Update 4:45 pm:“They (Kenbridge Construction Co.) were in the process of underpinning the foundation for the three-story court house addition,” says city building code official Tom Elliott. “Right now, the contractor has to find a structural engineer to temporarily brace the structure.”
Apparently, workers on the site noticed a crack forming on the wall and had time to clear the area. About 20 minutes later the corner of the building came crashing down. No one was hurt. According to Elliot, the brick rubble will have to be sorted through and cleaned and replaced, a project that could be quite time consuming and expensive. As city councilor Blake Caravati–who also happens to be a building contractor–-told the Hook, “It’s going to be costly”Šperiod!”