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Businesses in flux after building falls

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Murray's Main Street and Fourth Street remained closed to through traffic as of Wednesday because of the weekend collapse of a building, according to a release sent by Murray Police Department Public Affairs Officer Sgt. David Howe.

Howe said fencing has been put up and "No trespassing" signs have been posted around the collapsed building.

Murray Chamber of Commerce president Aaron Dail said the section of Main Street between Third Street and Fourth Street is the only street closed to local traffic, but Main Street is blocked off at 12th Street and Industrial Street to restrict out-of-town semi-trailer traffic, as is Fourth Street at Chestnut Street and Glendale Road.

According to Dail's update and a news release sent by the Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city recently met with a contractor working on the collapsed building, who said he was instructed to support the building's north wall and remaining west walls and to remove the roof, tasks estimated to be completed by the weekend. 

Murray city administrator Matt Mattingly said the contracting company working on the building is Danny Cope & Sons Excavating, based in Calvert City.

City officials were told that once the contractor has approval, demolition of the rest of the building and site cleanup will take about 10 days, according to the convention and visitors bureau release, and the actual time frame will depend upon the assessment of a structural engineer that he will give the contractor after the walls have been shored up and the roof removed.

Mattingly said the structural engineer assessing the building is Michael Reed of K & S Engineering of Clarksville, Tenn.

The contracting company and structural engineering firm were hired by the property owner, who Murray Main Street manager Deana Wright said is Jeremy Latimer of Murray.

Dail's update said affected businesses that have reopened are Shane Lee Inc., Raymond James, Ryan Walker State Farm, King Psychology Center, Finders Keepers, Carraway Furniture, Gallery 109 & Fairbanks Studio and Red Bug on 3rd.

Businesses that have relocated:

n Attorney Richard Jones, whose relocation is pending.

n Tony Page, CPA, now located at 1712 Ky. 121 Bypass N, Suite H in Murray.

n Pierce & Kellar, CPA, now at 304 Maple St.

n Printing Services of Murray, temporarily relocated to 400 Main St.

n Jessica Fox-Flinn, PLLC, now at 509 Maple St.

n Attorney Max Parker, now at 820 Sharpe St.

n Murray Shoe Repair, temporarily closed.

Business relocation information can also be found by calling Murray Main Street at 270-759-9474 or visiting its facebook page, according to the convention and visitors bureau release.

The bureau release also stated that the chamber and Murray Main Street scheduled a meeting for those affected by the collapse at 8:30 a.m. today at the Robert O. Miller Conference Center in Murray that would include a timeline for cleanup, information on resources available to those affected by the collapse from the chamber and Main Street, and a question and answer session.

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