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City officials are hopeful that the 300 block of Fifth Avenue will reopen early next week after demolition crews finish removing damaged bricks from the facade of the Executive Building.
The street was closed Jan. 5 after part of a decorative brick pillar on the Ringgold Street side of the building collapsed on the sidewalk. Similar cracks were spotted in the brick pillars on the Fifth Avenue facade as well, leading the city to close the street to through traffic.
Betters Company of Lincoln Borough is working to remove the damaged sections of the pillars from the five-story brick office building. The building has been vacant since late December, when the final tenants were forced to leave.
McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said damaged bricks have been removed from the back of the building, and that if the weather cooperates, the work should be completed soon at the front of the building.
The building owner, Shel-AM Corp., has agreed to pay for the work, Cherepko said.
In addition to Fifth Avenue, several nearby offices also were closed due to safety concerns about the stability of the front of the Executive Building, including the state's Mon Valley Parole Office.
Clients of the Mon Valley Parole Office are being instructed to visit a location in Braddock or to call (412) 664-5320 for more information.
Originally published January 12, 2018.