YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Pieces of the brick facade on a Youngstown building fell overnight, temporarily closing part of a downtown Youngstown street on Tuesday.
A sign on the building said it is First Educator’s Investment Corporation. The bricks fell on the back part of the West Federal building, which is not owned by the city.
Crews from Lencyk Masonry spent the morning cleaning up and developing a repair plan. The company is concerned about more bricks falling off.
The Youngstown engineer’s office did get in touch with someone at the building.
“We did contact the owner just to make sure that he was aware and then we gave him a notice of violation just because it is a matter of our process and he obviously responded very quickly and we are happy,” said Youngstown Public Works Director Chuck Shasho. “This was a pretty extreme situation where about 100 square feet of the facade came down.
“We are going to build some scaffolding and get up there and remove any of the dangerous bricks that are loose and then we will assess what else we need to remove, what is loose, what is safe to keep,” Lencyk Masonry president Larry Lencyk said.
He said repair work should take two to three days.
Lencyk said his company repaired a wall at the building five or 10 years ago and with older buildings like this, the brick ages and the mortar starts to deteriorate.
“In construction today, we are building it a bit better, compensating for some of the weaknesses and allowing for moisture protection,” Lencyk said.
Part of Hazel Street is temporarily closed while crews work.