Crews to begin construction where historic building collapsed on Liberty Square

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LIBERTY, Mo. -- One week after a historic building collapsed in downtown Liberty, workers have finally finished demolishing the building, and now the rebuilding can begin.

City leaders are optimistic a new building will soon arise from the corner of the Square sometime over the course of the next year, and the hope is that the coffee shop and jewelers originally scheduled to move into the building later this year will still move here once a new building is built.

The 130-year-old building collapsed a week ago. It once housed Ethan Allen but had been unoccupied for quite some time.

The owner had been in the process of renovating it when it suddenly came crashing down. No one was hurt in the collapse.  As for the cause of the collapse, that information has not been released and according to city officials, it might never be known.

Tearing down the remains of this building proved to be challenge. Engineers didn’t want to just tear it down right away due to the risk of damaging surrounding buildings. So they slowly brought it down brick by brick, from the top to the bottom, until they felt comfortable bringing the rest of the building down without harming the surrounding structures.

It’s been a challenging week for the nearby businesses, dealing with all this tear down and clean up, but now that the debris has been removed, they can move on as can the owner with plans to put a new building up in its place.