2017-04-17 / Front Page

Ledge collapses on Marlette street

By Eric Levine
810-452-2689 • elevine@mihomepaper.com


Marlette police and fire personnel responded to the American Thrift building on Main Street April 9 after the upper-level ledge collapsed. No one was injured. 
Photo by Jerry Cook Marlette police and fire personnel responded to the American Thrift building on Main Street April 9 after the upper-level ledge collapsed. No one was injured. Photo by Jerry Cook MARLETTE — The upper-level ledge of a downtown building toppled to the sidewalk the afternoon of April 9.

Marlette police and fire departments responded to the 3000 block of Main Street, between Marlette and Morris streets, at around 3 p.m., where a large portion of the ledge had fallen from the American Thrift building.

“Unofficially (a) combination of recent weather, high winds and aging structure,” said Marlette Chief of Police Brian McGinnis.

Main Street was closed completely to motor vehicle traffic for approximately four hours while the building was inspected and debris removed from the sidewalk, according to Marlette police.

The sidewalk along the blocklong stretch was still closed to pedestrians as of Monday morning.


Marlette police and fire personnel responded to the American Thrift building on Main Street April 9 after the upper-level ledge collapsed. No one was injured. 
Photo by Jerry Cook Marlette police and fire personnel responded to the American Thrift building on Main Street April 9 after the upper-level ledge collapsed. No one was injured. Photo by Jerry Cook Residents of the second-story apartments were escorted inside the building to retrieve personal belongings.

There were no injuries, and no damage was reported to structures on either side.

“We are going to have more discussions with the county department of construction on the next step,” said Marlette City Manager Corey Schmidt on April 10.

“We met with them yesterday (Sunday). The building is currently closed until further inspections can be made... I think it’s too early to say what options (are available).”

Nearby businesses were open Monday and accessible through rear entrances.

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