Photo Showcase: Leavenworth crash
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The building that a car slammed into at 42nd and Leavenworth Streets is structurally unsound and will be demolished, a city official said Thursday.
Structural engineers examined the building at 4201 Leavenworth St. and say it should be razed, said Todd Pfitzer, city engineer.
Before demolition can proceed, workers must remove a billboard structure that was resting in eastbound traffic lanes on Leavenworth Street.
That structure, originally atop the condemned building, should be gone by Friday morning. The billboard was removed from the building Tuesday.
Even with the billboard gone, traffic in the area will continue to be restricted.
“The building is still unstable. We don't want a big truck to roll by and cause the building to fall down,” Pfitzer said.
Leavenworth Street's eastbound lanes just west of 42nd Street have been closed. Westbound lanes have been converted to two-way traffic.
“It's unknown how soon the lanes will open,” Pfitzer said. “Until the building is knocked down, we cannot use those lanes.”
The driver of a car heading north on 42nd Street at a high rate of speed crashed into the building July 12, knocking down most of the east wall. Both the driver and passenger were ejected and killed.
The building housed the New 2 You thrift shop.