More bricks fall from Hammerhand parapet

A segment of bricks from the parapet of 22 N. Main St. fell from the building that houses Hammerhand Coffee, taking down an air conditioner unit and a window in the process.

LIBERTY — Some more bricks fell from the building that currently houses Hammerhand Coffee at 22 N. Main St., prompting road closures downtown March 7.

The next day, Friday, March 8, the coffee shop reopened for business.

As of press time, no cause for the incident has been given.

A portion of the sidewalk is still off limits, but a tarp has been placed over the parapet.

About a year ago, bricks from another part of the parapet near the roof line fell on a Sunday morning. On March 7, another chunk of the wall, near the roof, fell to the sidewalk below. The segment also took out an air conditioner window unit and a window.

The second floor of the building houses Fenix Real Estate and Shane Griffin. The building is owned by Larry Blosser.

Main Street from Mississippi to Franklin streets and Franklin from Main to Gallatin streets were closed until a structural engineer or another expert could take a look at the building and deem it safe, Liberty’s fire chief said.

Franklin Street businesses Anna Marie’s Tea Shop, Ann C. Waterman & Melanie L. Linderer Doctors of Optometry and Mace Shoe Repair will remain open, he said.

“We are taking the necessary precautions,” Liberty Fire Chief Mike Snider said. “We will work with the building’s owner to get this resolved.”

No one was hurt by the falling bricks.

Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to the scene before 8 a.m.

“We received the reports that bricks fell from the building,” the chief said at the time. “I would estimate this will take several hours to resolve.”

Hammerhand co-owner and operator Alex Merrell had two employees working in the coffee shop when the bricks fell.

Merrell said it’s a bit reminiscent of a few years ago when originally he was planning on opening Hammerhand Coffee in the former Bedinger Building at the corner of Kansas and Water streets across from Liberty City Hall. That building collapsed May 3, 2016.

“The difference is the building is still standing,” he said.

As a gesture of goodwill, Merrell and his team were able to make some coffee and had it available for firefighters and police officers if needed.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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