City orders emergency repairs after woman seriously injured by falling debris in Noble Square – NBC Chicago

The City of Chicago took emergency action to repair a building after a 22-year-old woman was seriously injured by falling debris on Wednesday.

Authorities say the city has filed an emergency petition demanding immediate repairs to the building, located on the corner of Ashland and Milwaukee in the Noble Square neighborhood.

A red and yellow police tape remains at the scene in the 1200 block of North Milwaukee, but extensive scaffolding was also set up a day after the woman was hit in the head by a falling piece of limestone.

“It’s horrible. It’s absolutely horrible, and it could have been avoided,” West Town Dental Group owner Jose Khalifa said.

Khalifa runs the business, which is next to the building where the debris fell on Wednesday. He says large chunks of the building’s facade started falling off more than three weeks ago.

“When we first saw what fell we thought ‘God, this could kill someone,'” he said. “The city came out and they asked us if we knew the owners, and they put up the scaffolding straight away.”

However, the original scaffolding did not provide enough protection, and after Wednesday’s incident, the city took action against the building’s owner.

“The city filed an emergency motion today in Circuit Court for the immediate appointment of a receiver to make necessary repairs to the facade,” the city told NBC 5 in a statement. “The court has granted the city’s request and the receiver is already there. This will be in addition to other enforcement actions against the owner.

Khalifa says he hasn’t seen anyone in the building for more than five years, but says he hopes the city will hold the owner accountable to protect the pedestrians who pass through the busy corner every day.

“I told my staff to stay away from that corner now. Even with the scaffolding, that woman got hurt,” he said.

NBC Chicago

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