Van Alstyne downtown building collapses, injures two workers

VAN ALSTYNE — A downtown building which went under renovations several years ago to correct its dangerous front facade is again getting a facelift, but this time the heavy bricks on the two-story front wall have collapsed. Two construction workers were injured Monday evening, one who was reportedly in a bucket truck and the other on the sidewalk below the avalanche of falling brick.

One of the victims was flown by helicopter ambulance for his injuries, and the other taken to a McKinney hospital.

It happened around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The buildings are facing North Main Street and the railroad tracks, and border Dorothy Fielder Park.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, City Manager Phil Rodriguez cautioned that the area would be encircled with yellow caution tape, closing off parking and pedestrian spaces and the park as a safety factor. The buildings have new owners, according to information provided in the Van Alstyne Leader, Don and Laura Dapkus. The plans are to remove the front facade and replace it with about 13,000 other brick.

City officials were not available Tuesday to provide more details on the accident, but one nearby business owner said that he had been told the more-seriously injured man had suffered some broken facial bones, but was expected to be all right.