Downtown Milwaukee building reportedly dropping chunks of concrete onto sidewalk below
Lacey Crisp reports that a man claims he was nearly hit by a chunk of concrete falling off the building at 9th and Highland in Downtown Milwaukee, and city inspectors are trying to find out what happened. Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - Watch out if you walk past a building at 9th and Highland in Downtown Milwaukee. A man claims he was nearly hit by a chunk of concrete falling off the building, and city inspectors are trying to find out what happened.
"It’s really neat looking, but it's kind of dangerous looking,” said Breanna Frazier.
Frazier walks on the sidewalk every day to and from MATCs. She feels safe, but said she does keep a watchful eye, especially now that a complaint has been filed with the city about falling bricks.
"[We are] concerned that the façade was really bad, deteriorating and dropping pieces of cement onto people," said Mike Mannan with the Dept. of Neighborhood Services.
After receiving the complaint, the city immediately went out to the building to see for themselves.
“I went over and looked at it,” Mannan said. “There's some work that needs to be done on the façade.”
But he argues it's not deteriorating enough to need scaffolding. The building is owned by the Zilber Property Group, and they argue they take public safety seriously.
"we are in the process of getting a contractor to do a thorough inspection and identify any areas that need additional work or securing,” said Dan McCarthy with Zilber.
The sidewalk will stay open, and many say they feel safe, but will keep their heads up. The city said they will come back in one week to re-inspect the building.