Update: Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010
The fear of a possible building collapse in Keokuk has kept one store out of business. Personalized Designs on Main Street shares a crumbling foundation with both Younggren's Shoes and Johnson Schmidt next door.
The Keokuk Fire Department inspected a large gap in the wall and suggested closing the businesses till repairs are made. Personalized Designs and Younggren's Shoes soon shut down, but only Personalized Designs has remained closed. Its owners are waiting for a final estimate for the repairs.
Mayor Tom Marion says the city can't do much more to prevent what seems to be a widespread problem in the city. He says the fire department conducts building inspections every year, but they're geared more toward fire hazards.
"But if we see a real problem with the structural integrity of the building, we will notify the owner and take whatever steps needed to be taken if there's a safety issue," said Marion.
You'll recall just last year the 150 year old Green Tambourine building at 528 Main collapsed in a cloud of dust. Now, it's historic arches stand alone in a pile of weeds and dirt.
Marion says he wants the area cleaned up so the site doesn't become a nuisance. He's asked that the hole in the ground be filled with sand and covered with dirt, which would preserve the arches. He says the arches could face erosion during the winter months without some type of covering.
He's sent his proposal to the city council and says it's now out of his hands.
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010
A crumbling basement wall has prompted the evacuation of historic, downtown retail stores on Main Street in Keokuk.
According to the Daily Gate City Personalized Designs and Younggren's Shoes shut down Monday afternoon pending extensive repairs to a huge gap in the common stone foundation wall that supports both buildings.
The fear of a possible building collapse is all too real in Keokuk.
Photos were provided by Tri States Public Radio, WIUM/WIUW.
You'll recall just last year the 150 year old Green Tambourine building at 528 Main collapsed in a cloud of dust.