Beacon Journal staff report
A portion of the facade of a North Akron building slated for repairs collapsed Wednesday.
Some of the building’s brickwork fell from the upper facade onto North Main Street, just south of East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue.
The building houses a tattoo shop, a cellphone business, a barbershop and a tax preparation business along the ground floor and residences on upper floors.
The original structure dates to 1908. It was slated to close this week for repairs to the facade, tenants said.
Mohammad Faraj, 20, of Houston, was visiting his family’s cellphone store when he noticed the first pieces fall.
“I was just hanging out outside and a couple of tiles came down, so I went to go tell the people in the barbershop to watch out for it and about 30 seconds later, the whole front came down,” he said.
A.J. Omar, owner of AJ Cellular, said he saw “rocks” falling as he was telling people in the barbershop to leave. A piece of material almost struck him, he said, and damaged his car parked in the street.
Charles Calhoun, owner of Another True Creation barbershop, said the building’s landlord, Temple Square Properties, had told him and other business operators on Tuesday that they would need to close for seven to 10 days at the end of business Wednesday so that crews could repair several square feet of damaged brickwork.
Asked where he will move his business, Calhoun said, “I’ll be at home trying to find something.”
Omar said he could relocate across the street.
There were no reports of injuries.
Police and firefighters closed North Main Street at the East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue intersection until the building was secured.