Work has stopped on the new Salvation Army thrift store at Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street after a backhoe crashed into the neighbor’s wall during excavation of the site.
Krystof Kardasz, a real estate broker at NC Pepe Corp. next door, said he was in the office on a Friday last month when he heard and felt a crashing sound. “It felt like a train crash, it was pretty scary,” he said. “And the damage is pretty severe.”
A giant hole is still visible on the side of the building in which the 84-year-old, family-owned real estate firm is housed, and a staircase inside the building has shifted over. The Building Department has issued a on the site until the hole can be fixed.
It’s unclear how long this will delay the opening of the new store, which was replacing the old Salvation Army thrift stop and was slated for an October opening. The Salvation Army didn’t respond to request for comment.