Business owner warns of further collapse at apartment building


The owner of a Harrisburg business forced to close because of a wall collapse two years ago is warning that another collapse could happen at any time.

Howard Henry says an independent engineering firm is on court record indicating that the McFarland Apartments remain on shaky ground. A portion of the McFarland parking lot and a concrete retaining wall collapsed onto the roof of Henry Tire and Auto in 2016.

“The foundation is a concern and it has been from day one, since when the wall detached from its foundation,” Henry said.

Henry is the only party financially harmed by the incident that is still tied up in the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, but he says the engineering firm’s report highlights an even bigger problem.

“There is the strong chance of collapse with a serious concern of imminent danger to bodily injury or death,” he said.

Henry says the report on file in the Court of Common Pleas indicates that a retaining wall needs to be put in place immediately.

“If that building collapses, as a result of being warned that it will happen, there will be an unprecedented embarrassment for the state and city across this country and an outcry of why you didn’t do something before someone was injured or killed,” he said.

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