NEW BERLIN – On Sunday, a 12’ x 8’ section of brick fell from the upper south wall of the building at the corner of Main and Genesee Streets in the village of New Berlin, dumping several hundred pounds of brick onto the sidewalk below. Fortunately the area had been cordoned off since the building was declared a hazard and tenants removed over a year ago.
On Wednesday, a crew from Burrell’s Excavation in Norwich was on site to further remove loose bricks and cover the facility so any further damage to the building or danger to vehicle pedestrian traffic would be mitigated. Assisted by DOT staff directing traffic, the Burrell’s crew used a cherry picker to knock additional loose material from the south and east face of the upper walls and covered the roof with a tarp. Village trustee and assistant mayor Robert Starr directed the operation for the village.