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6. Historic building buckles, but is saved

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    Members of the technical rescue team surveying damage at a partially collapsed building on Court Street in Medina.

    BRUCE BISHOP / GAZETTE

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    Carmen and Rick Greenberg stand behind the service desk at the Gardeners Cottage, which opened Saturday after being closed for four months after the partial collapse of the building at 226 S. Court St. in Medina.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    Members of the technical rescue team surveying damage at a partially collapsed building on Court Street in Medina.

    BRUCE BISHOP / GAZETTE

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A partial collapse of one of the brick buildings in the Historic District on Feb. 18 caught the attention of the general public.

The back wall of Gardener’s Cottage tumbled after a heavy rainfall overnight. When officials first checked the building, there was concern that the structure built in 1873 could not be salvaged.

The fact that no one was injured in the collapse was very fortunate, Gardener’s Cottage owner Carmen Greenberg said.

The brick wall was replaced after three different structural engineers inspected it. They said the building was structurally sound and could be saved.

The crux of the original problem with the back wall was water seeped behind the four layers of brick. The rebuild was not without issues.

Several Columbia Gas customers were without heat for a couple weeks, as the utility company had to replace a main line that ran the entire length of South Court Street between Washington Street and Smith Road.

Ohio Edison had to move an electric pole and wires behind the building.

Greenberg re-opened the business in July, which overjoyed her customers.

Greenberg described her store as an “eclectic mix of merchandise.” It features jewelry, fragrance items, home decor, clothing and antiques, among other items. The changes made to the store included moving the service desk from the back wall to the side of the store and adding a fitting room. Hardwood flooring also was added.

Greenberg said there was a huge outpouring from customers on social media, who wished her luck and said they couldn’t wait for her to reopen.



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