Demolition starts on bakery

By: 
STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LACLEDERECORD.COM

A building that was a longtime fixture in the community is coming down.
Lebanon City Administrator Michael Schumacher said Tuesday that the Wehner’s Bakery building at 101 North Madison was being demolished because of safety concerns.
“The city made the decision based on input from multiple engineers that the building was failing,” Schumacher said.

He said the demolition would not be a sudden process.
“Due to the condition of the building, it will be what is called a ‘hand demolition,’” he said. “It will be brick by brick, so it’s going to take some time. We need to be careful of the buildings around it. It will not be a bulldozer or a wrecking ball type demolition. It’s going to be by hand.”

Community Development Director Joe Berkich said engineers had determined that the building could collapse at any time. 

"We've shored it up the best we we could and the demolition crews will take it down so it will be safe and won't collapse," he said. 

He said the demolition process could take from two to three weeks.

"We're hoping they'll find new location soon and get back up and running," Berkich said. "We're just trying to keep the public safe so the building doesn't collapse and hurt anyone or destroy any other structures."

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