A traffic lane was blocked off on Hospital Street and on South Street as trucks lined up to carry away debris from the site. The work crew said (accurately, as it turned out) that they had a demolition permit; but no permit was available on site. They said they planned to work Saturday and Sunday. But, as the police who came to investigate determined, the crew had no permit for weekend work. And no request had been made for a police detail to safeguard traffic and pedestrians attempting to negotiate the streets with the blocked off lanes.
The police ordered the work to stop immediately.
Located directly across from the entrance to the Children's Museum busy parking lot, the demolition posed significant risks to the public — especially since Saturday is the museum's busiest day of the week. The photos below show that the building was left in a very unsafe condition with a section of the second floor and roof totally unsupported.
It is assumed that when work resumes, proper safeguards for the public will be in place and the city's building code and laws will be strictly followed.