Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Aug. 7 newspaper on Page A1.

JACKSON — A building in downtown Jackson marked for demolition recently suffered an internal collapse.

Liz Frisby, who owns Elizabeth’s Flowers & Gifts at 163 Broadway St. in Jackson, told The Courier that on Tuesday, July 24, at about 4:55 p.m. the neighboring structure at 165 Broadway St., had an internal collapse.

“I was at work when I heard a rumbling, crashing sound, and felt the vibrations,” explained Frisby. “We all ran outside and dust was rolling everywhere, there was some debris on the sidewalk, so I called 911 because I didn’t know if it was going to continue collapsing.”

Frisby stated that before the collapse, passersby could look through the door and see the staircase to the second floor. She thought some of the roof, as well as the second floor, had collapsed that day.

“There has been a lot of changes in the front of the building recently,” she said. “I was always worried about the back of the building falling.”

Following calling 9-1-1, Frisby reported that the Jackson Police Department, Jackson Fire Department, and Jackson Service Director William “Bill” Sheward, Jr. showed up to look at the building.

The Jackson City Street and Alley Department came that evening and blocked off the sidewalk and parking spots in front of the building.

“I will not be closed and will accommodate my customers how ever I need to,” Frisby told The Courier.

A hearing regarding the building was held in late June with a two-person hearing board. The board heard from Phil A. Bowman, who purchased the land and building in November 2015, Sheward and Frisby.

Then on July 2, it was announced that Bowman would be making arrangements to have the building demolition by a contractor of his choosing.

A day later, Bowman sold the building to Apple City Real Estate Holding, LLC. The business is registered to Brent Cooper, Jr. of Oak Hill. Cooper is reportedly the contractor who will be tearing the building down.

Cooper reportedly stopped by the building, Frisby said, the same evening that it had the internal collapse. Since then, a wooden wall structure could be seen placed in the doorway of the building.

The hearing board has set a deadline for the demolition to be completed on or before Friday, Sept. 13.

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