A crew from InfraSource Construction installs a new gas line near South Court Street and West Smith Road on Monday. The project is estimated to be completed by Thursday, Medina Service Director Nino Piccoli said.
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MEDINA — Crews are working to get a new natural gas transmission main line up and running to serve as a tie-in point for South Court Street businesses.
The line, being installed by InfraSource Construction, will eliminate the need for the temporary gas line that is providing service to 18 Columbia Gas customers following the Feb. 19 partial collapse of a 175-year-old building at 226 S. Court St., Medina Service Director Nino Piccoli said.
He said the new line is scheduled to be completed by Thursday.
“What we thought was going to take two or three weeks is going to be a two-week project,” he said Monday.
“Once they get that pressurized, they can abandon the temporary line,” Piccoli said.
Following the collapse of the building, which housed the Gardener’s Cottage, it was mutually agreed by Columbia Gas and the Medina Fire Department to shut off the gas lines between Washington Street and Smith Road on South Court Street, Columbia Gas spokesman Bill Loomer previously said. Gas was restored with the temporary fix at the end of February.
Piccoli said he was unaware of the total cost of the project because it is being paid for by Columbia Gas, but city crews did provide assistance and the use of some signage.
A Columbia Gas representative could not be reached Monday for comment.
Along with work on the gas line, rebuilding the historic building that partially collapsed is ongoing.
In the interim, the Gardener’s Cottage is selling items at Brothers Antique Mall on state Route 3 in Montville Township.
In a Facebook post Sunday, Gardener’s Cottage owner Carmen Greenberg wrote: “Thank you to the many customers who have come to find us at Brothers Antique Mall. And thank you to all at Brothers who have been so supportive on my behalf!!!! Hopefully, this week, we will start to make some progress with architects drawings and so forth.”