Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

April 8, 2013

Wind knocks down historic Goshen industrial building

GOSHEN — Monday’s high winds brought down a historic Goshen building.

In the early afternoon, strong winds collapsed part of a second story wall on a vacant warehouse building located at 601 Lincoln Ave. The building dates to the early 1900s and was used as part of the Goshen Churn and Ladder factory complex.

The building is on the property that now belonging to Closet Craft.

Closet Craft owner Rolando Ortiz was not present at the time of the collapse but he received a call about it.

“I had just come back from spring break,” he said.

Ortiz said he knew that the building was unstable and had a large crack in the exterior but that he could not afford to repair the building.

The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts in Goshen of 28 miles per hour at about 1 p.m. and then stronger gusts up to 40 mph later in the afternoon.

Goshen Historical Museum curator David Garber was at the scene late Monday afternoon taking pictures.

“It’s a shame,” he said.

Garber said the factory employed many people going back, possibly to 1905, although he wasn’t sure the collapsed portion was that old.

Garber said that the building had not been in use since the 1980s and that it fell into disrepair.

Ortiz said that he has the property insured for clean up and that the building will be demolished.

1
Text Only
Breaking News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Poll

Goshen City Council member Dixie Robinson is asking residents to make an effort to clean up their yards this spring. The city’s Dial-A-Truck program is available to haul trash away. Do you think there are more unsightly properties in Goshen this year than five years ago?

Yes. I have noticed more problem properties
No. I have not noticed more problems
I think the problems are about the same as always
     View Results