Brick removal bringing safety to downtown Hastings

Local4 News at 11:30
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 12:30 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - After Bert’s Pharmacy burned down back in March, the building next door was made structurally unsound.

Bricks in the building’s facade had pushed outward over the sidewalk, making it unsafe for people in downtown.

Crews are removing the bricks one by one to bring the building back to code, and keep pedestrians safe.

“They are very skilled at what they do,” said LeAnne Doose, the Public Information Manager for the city. “They know what to look for in safety, and they’ll be able to provide us with that ongoing information as they proceed.”

At the moment, there is no timetable on when the construction will be completed, but the downtown area around 2nd street and Hastings Avenue is still open for business.

“Access through this area does continue. The one lane of traffic is closed for the time being on 2nd street, but the area you can still pass through. We want to encourage people to come down, patronize the businesses and services in this area,” said Doose.

The City hopes both lanes of 2nd street will be back open in 2 to 3 weeks.