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Demolition work starts tomorrow on a building that partially collapsed two weeks ago in Granger.
As of Wednesday, May 4, 2016
GRANGER Demolition starts tomorrow on a partially collapsed building.
The former Scooter’s Family Fun Center building’s roof and an exterior wall collapsed two weeks ago.
City Clerk/Treasurer Alice Koerner said the collapsed building’s owner, Alfonso Meza, hired a contractor to demolish it. She said the first step was to see if it contained asbestos.
“We just got that report and now all we have to do is issue a permit,” she said, noting no asbestos was found.
It shares a wall with Neighborhood Health Service’s clinic at 111 Main St.
The clinic has been closed since the building’s collapse. Patients have relied on a van parked at the site for medical care, or to be transported to medical care.
The clinic is set to re-open Monday, clinic spokeswoman Leah Ward said.
A temporary brace will secure the wall until a new, permanent wall is built, she said.
“We’ve been assured the temporary brace is structurally sound,” she said.
Meza did not return calls seeking comment.
Mayor Charles Wheaton met with the contractor Tuesday morning and said demolition starts tomorrow.
She said Neighborhood Health’s insurer will take care of the clinic’s repair costs.
“We want to get it opened as quickly as possible,” Ward said of the clinic, which opened six months ago.
“We’re starting to develop a really good patient base.”
Wheaton said the city’s insurance will cover its costs, which to date consist of rental fencing to keep the public away from the collapsed building.
He said the site did not put a damper on last week’s Cherry Festival.
“It was very successful. It seems like it was better attended than last year,” he said. “We had more security, volunteers from the sheriff’s department.”