Crews Examine Downtown Building Façade After Bricks Break Apart

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JAMESTOWN – Part of West Third Street in Jamestown will likely remain closed for several days as crews work to examine a historic downtown building where bricks came crashing down to the roadway this week.

Jamestown Director of Development Crystal Surdyk tells WNY News Now Buffalo based contractor R.E. Kelley is now inspecting Hotel Jamestown’s façade, which broke apart on Monday.

She says the damage is not structural, however the situation is very dangerous to passing vehicles and pedestrians, and that’s why the area will remain roped off.

Surdyk says crews do not have an exact timeline yet but expect work to last a few days. They are removing any remaining brick that was damaged.

“We tend to see, especially towards the top of the building where the roofline meets, that is typical the brick that will be damaged overtime,” explained Surdyk. “The water eats away at the mortar, that’s really what the issue is.”

Owned by the Housing Authority, Surdyk says the historic Jamestown building recently underwent brick work by the contractor part of general maintenance.

She says in the long term, any lose façade will need to be repaired or replaced.

The street will remain closed from Washington to Cherry Streets.


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