The roof of the building that once housed the Wisdom Bridge Theater at 1559-61 W. Howard collapsed this afternoon (Wednesday). A portion of the front facade also collapsed, sending debris onto the front sidewalk. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
An emergency demolition crew is on the scene, and the entire building should be demolished by tomorrow (Thursday). The building has been vacant and in foreclosure, and the City recently obtained an emergency court order to demolish the building after experts determined it was no longer safe. The demolition was scheduled to take place in the next two to three weeks.
As you might recall, developer Richard Aronson has proposed a seven-story mixed-use building for the Wisdom Bridge site and the property immediately to the east. Several community meetings were held, and I announced earlier this week my support for the development proposal. Mr. Aronson reached an agreement with the bank foreclosing on the property to purchase the property after the foreclosure is completed. At the time the purchase takes place, the city will be reimbursed for the cost of the demolition.
I will keep you apprised if any new information arises.