A portion of West Third Street in downtown Jamestown remained closed to traffic Tuesday after bricks from a facade to the Hotel Jamestown building fell.
Crystal Surdyk, city director of development, said officials met with the city Housing Authority not long after bricks toward the top of the building came crashing to the ground around 6 p.m. Monday. She said the authority then reached out to its contractor that has handled repairs to the same building in the past.
West Third, between Washington and Cherry streets, was expected to be closed to vehicle traffic “until that section of the building is secured and it is deemed safe to reopen,” Surdyk said.
Members of the Jamestown Police and Fire departments quickly cordoned off the area following the facade collapse.
Several residents who gathered outside afterward described hearing a loud crashing sound.
No one was injured, and there didn’t appear to be any damage on the ground.
Surdyk noted that it’s not uncommon for bricks as part of facades to older structures to come lose. “To my understanding,” she said, “Jamestown Housing Authority has been working over the past few years to make repairs to the building, having had an assessment done.”
“They have been proactive in trying to address any issues before they become serious, but as we can see, it’s not always possible to predict every scenario,” she added. “JHA was immediately responsive to the Department of Development’s call and there was building maintenance onsite when we arrived. The falling brick is limited to the cosmetic facade and is not structural.”
In April 2019, the facade to a building on West Eighth Street at Murray Avenue in the city fell to the ground.
The building was later secured without further problems.