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Building facade crumbles onto Manhattan street

Posted at 6:26 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 18:26:05-05

CHELSEA, Manhattan — A building facade crumbled down onto the street below in Chelsea on Monday morning.

The owner of the 20th Street building said it was renovated about two years ago and the roof was recently replaced. The owner said a private engineer checked the structure about a year ago and didn't find any issues.

Decaying facades are a concern for many Manhattan residents. A woman was killed by falling debris about two months ago in Midtown.

"We take this extremely seriously," a spokesperson for the Department of Buildings said. "We are conducting a full investigation and will issue violations and take additional enforcement actions, if necessary. Building owners are responsible for maintaining the façade of their building and we will work to ensure owners take that responsibility seriously."

Th rest of the facade is stable and not in danger of collapse, according to the DOB.

No injuries were reported.