Eyewitness Says Fayette Street Building Wasn’t Demolished: ‘It Collapsed.’

The recent demolition activity in a downtown historic district was prompted by a building collapse, not progress on a redevelopment project, according to an area resident who heard the building fall into the street.

“It wasn’t by any means a planned demolition,” said Matt Kelly, a resident of the Centerpoint Apartments at 8 N. Howard Street. “It collapsed.”

Kelly lives on the fifth floor of the Centerpoint Apartments, and from his window he can see the 200 block of West Fayette Street, part of the city’s Five & Dime Historic District, where two four-story buildings have come down in recent weeks.