MOUNT VERNON — When Mark Ramser purchased the former Grohe Funeral Home at 108 N. Main St. in January, he had every intention of demolishing the front building on the property. After a sizeable amount of the southwestern corner fell onto the sidewalk on Monday, those plans have shifted into high gear.
“My plans were to demolish that building anyway. Now that timetable has been moved up a little bit,” Ramser told the News this morning.
Ramser said he went into the building on Monday for a routine check of the property.
“When I walked in the front door, I heard noises, it kind of gave me pause,” Ramser said. “And then I heard a lot of noises and thought maybe part of the roof was caving in.”
After inspecting the exterior of the building, he discovered bricks scattered on the front sidewalk. He immediately went to City Hall to seek the advice of City Engineer Cameron Keaton regarding the structural integrity of the building.