When I took the picture, I had no hint of what had happened only hours before. At 4 o'clock this afternoon, I received the following message from Hudson's code enforcement officer Craig Haigh.
I just left the 211 Warren Street site with some unfortunate news. A large section of the front wall foundation gave way and collapsed sometime last night or this morning. The shoring company is unable to get into that area, which they were going to do today, due to the unsafe conditions. This would have been the final phase of shoring. With that said, and talking to the owners and their engineers and our engineer, there is nothing else they can do safely. They will be demolishing the building tomorrow.
The owner tried to save it and is unsure what to do moving forward.Mayor Rick Rector told Gossips he was extremely disappointed with the outcome. "The owners and the City did everything they could to save it. They looked at every possibility," said Rector. "It was a herculean effort, but at the end of the day, it's all about public safety."
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