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Medina shop owners planning to rebuild, reopen after partial building collapse

Posted at 4:49 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 16:55:39-05

Scaffolding surrounds the outside of The Gardener's Cottage one week after a large section of an historic building came crashing down.

Rick and Carmen Greenberg, the owners of The Gardener's Cottage, don't have electricity or gas inside their business on South Court Street. They're not quite sure when they'll reopen, but they hope to be selling their mixture of new and antique items within a few months.

Despite all of the frustrations, the Greenbergs are trying to stay positive and count their blessings.

"It's been an emotional roller coaster as you might imagine," Carmen Greenberg said. "First and foremost, I do want to thank the city and the fire and the police for their incredible efforts on Monday."

The owners, who have been in business for 17 years, were forced to close down after the back wall of their building collapsed last Sunday night, sending bricks tumbling to the ground. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

"It was quite unexpected. This is not something you can plan for," Rick Greenberg said. "What happened Monday morning, we never could have anticipated. It was just beyond what we would have thought."

The building was built in 1873, and inspectors determined it can be restored.

Medina's Chief Building Official Dan Gladish said a roof was in need of repair. He said water infiltrated bricks, causing the partial building collapse.

"Water got behind the brick, and over time, just caused some of the outer layer of brick at the lower level to fail," Gladish said.

Rick Greenberg also wonders if the trucks that rumble through Medina's square daily are causing any structural damage to buildings that are well over 100 years old.

"You could actually stand in the store and the windows vibrate from the trucks that are sitting out there idling," he said.

But city officials don't think truck traffic affects the buildings.

"Trucks have been running through here for many, many years," Gladish said.

The owners said they are very grateful for all of the efforts made by city officials to secure the building and keep people safe.

"I can't stress enough that they have been incredible," Carmen Greenberg said.

She added the plan is to hold a grand reopening by the end of April.

"We both want this restoration done properly and timely. I want to be in business as soon as possible."

Other nearby businesses and some apartment residents have been without gas service since the partial collapse. City officials said a temporary gas line is expected to be in place on Tuesday, with service restored by the end of the day.