Downtown Building Collapse Update

Progress is taking place at 136 South Phillips Avenue, where the former Copper Lounge building collapsed on Friday, December 2, 2016. Today, demolition began on the second story portions of the Copper Lounge and Eastwold Smoke Shop buildings. It is estimated that demolition of these two structures will be complete by the weekend.

This work is very important due to these structures’ impact on the instability of the south wall of the PAve structure next door and also because of the possibility of snow this weekend. Due to the life safety hazard of the damaged wall at PAve, demolition is the current priority. The goal is to remove the roof framing of the old Skelly’s building on Monday to relieve the pressure on the south wall of PAve.

Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) surveyed the damaged Skelly’s and Copper Lounge properties on Wednesday as part of their ongoing investigation. Independent insurance investigators will perform additional surveys this weekend.

Street closures remain in effect. 10th Street remains closed from 2nd Avenue to Phillips Avenue. Phillips Avenue remains closed from 9th Street to 10th Street. These street closures are necessary for public safety until the remaining at-risk structure can be safely removed.

Sidewalks are open all along the west side of Phillips Avenue and the south side of 10th Street.

If traveling through downtown from the east, please use 8th Street or 14th Street.