Maples Inn construction site collapses
Published 7:22 pm, Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The main house at the construction site for the Maples Inn at 179 Oenoke Ridge collapsed today due to excessive winds.
No one was hurt according to construction workers at the scene and the owners of the property. The site of the Inn has been under construction for some time now with plans for luxury apartments to come up sometime next year.
"It was very old and sort of rickety," he said. "Then I guess the wind just shook the whole thing and brought it down on itself."
Kennedy explained that they have been "surgically" rebuilding the main house of the inn in an attempt to preserve the historic significance of the structure. While most would expect a collapse like this to hinder the upcoming development of luxury condos, Kennedy believes it will have the opposite effect.
"This might actually end up speeding up the process," he said. He explained that before it was more about taking it slow to rebuild and preserve the main house of the property. Now the goal will be to simply move ahead with the project.
The main house that is currently down is expected to house around eight apartments when the initiative is complete. He said once the Occupational Safety and Health Administration gets back to him, that construction will reconvene. In terms of a time line, Kennedy said the project should be done sometime in the spring or summer of next year.