Nick Holley and his State Farm insurance office have been well, like a good neighbor to a historic building in downtown Hartford. Plates near the door show a date of 1909; Holley says the building gave many warnings of its impending collapse
“I felt like this was going to be a problem. The roof has leaked for several years and I think it collapsed just because of neglect to the building,” said Holley
Fortunately for Holley, not one brick fell on the roof of his business, nor anyone as most of the structure fell in on itself, that didn't spill over into the street
Mayor Jeff Sorrells says the floor, not the ceiling, was his major concern when he was inside the building earlier this month as the city looked into possible uses for the structure.
"The city had discussed maybe purchasing the building trying to do some things with it so we walked in and got about halfway through and turned around and came out...it was in a bad state of repair," said Mayor Sorrells.
The city is in the process of getting a quarter million dollar grant to revitalize its square and that corner could be a valuable one to the project.
"It is a key location, it is a good piece of property. I feel like from what I've seen the building will probably need to be torn down but we were in the process of looking at it and are still interested in it. "
Mayor Sorrells says now the concern is securing the front of the building because it does face Commerce Street in downtown Hartford and if the building is to make any more major moves.
They want it to be on their terms with all the traffic in the area.