Downtown Structural Problem

September 30, 2015
Official Police Report
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A picture from the rear shows the extent of the damage | photo by Drew Staudenmaier, staff reporter

Due to a structural failure of at least one building in the downtown square, the Chief of Police of the Macon Police Department is notifying the public of a necessary access restriction of the 100 block of Vine Street until further notice.

On Wednesday morning, an obvious structural issue was brought to the attention of city authorities. According to Chief Steve Olinger, there is concern about safety in the area of the 100 block of Vine Street downtown. Due to these concerns, police are temporarily discouraging citizens from being present in the area by limiting pedestrian traffic, not allowing parking on either side of the street and blocking both lanes of traffic from use.

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This building used to be Swindon’s Family Pharmacy but is now privately owned. It was slated for destruction this next year but will be torn down as soon as possible now. | photo by Drew Staudenmaier, staff reporter

“We understand this is an inconvenience for many, however, due to safety issues we feel the public needs to stay clear of the area until the problems are further addressed,” said Police Chief Olinger. “Building owners are working to quickly address the concerns and alleviate the problem.”

Olinger also says traffic to the alleyway on the North side of Vine behind the buildings of concern is also being blocked off for safety reasons. Any person with concerns is asked to address the issue with Chief Olinger at the Macon Police Department during business hours of 8 am – 4 pm at 660-385-2195.