City manager: downtown Traverse City businesses may re-open this weekend
Two downtown Traverse City businesses may be re-opening their doors as early as this weekend after a pillar collapsed at the Red Ginger restaurant Friday.
The Traverse City manager says the timeline all depends on structural tests.
Engineers were back inside the restaurant Wednesday.
The city manager says engineers are still surveying and setting up supports in the building. Until they determine the building is safe for employees and customers, the doors will stay closed at the State Theatre, Horizon Books and Red Ginger.
Managers at the bookstore say their shelves are getting crowded as shipments come in but no books are being sold.
Even though Horizon Books remains closed it didnâ??t stop authors from hosting a book signing along Front Street.
â??The solution wasâ?¦ why not, it's summer, it's gorgeous and we do have a little protection here on the patio so the fire marshal was totally cooperative with that and we're very excited have it,â?? said Amy Reynolds, Horizon Books Sales Manager.
Engineers say the floor above Red Ginger sank as much as six to eight inches when the pillar crumbled.
Six of the 25 employees at Horizon Books have been coming into work since the pillar collapsed at Red Ginger.