A stretch of 12th Street in downtown Kansas City was limited to one lane Wednesday after debris fell from a building under construction.
Police received reports of debris crashing to the ground shortly after midnight Wednesday at the building on the corner of 12th and Walnut streets. The building is the office of Andrews McMeel Universal, a publishing company.
Police closed 12th between Walnut and Main streets for a while as a precaution. By the afternoon, one lane of traffic was getting through.
The building has been undergoing restoration work since this spring, said Les Hinmon, chief financial officer for Andrews McMeel.
Crews have been working on the east side of the building and are expected to wrap up work on that side in November. Work on the 12th Street side of the building was to begin after that.
Workers, however, spent Wednesday addressing safety issues, examining the masonry and removing several additional pieces. Workers will add some temporary anchors to make sure no other pieces fall, Hinmon said.
“Fortunately it happened in the middle of the night,” he said. “Thank goodness there was no damage other than minor property damage.”
Andrews McMeel expects to have the renovation work completed next spring.