UPDATE: Partial collapse of 505 Race St.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan The building at 505 Race St. in Cambridge suffered a partial collapse on Tuesday. Authorities have closed that block to traffic.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
The building at 505 Race St. in Cambridge, at right, suffered a partial collapse on Tuesday. Authorities have closed that block to traffic. The structure at 507 Race St., visible at the left, has also sustained substantial damage and is in the process of restoration.

CAMBRIDGE – Traffic using the 500 block of Race Street will be diverted while structural engineers determine the stability of 505 Race St., which partially collapsed Tuesday evening, a statement from City of Cambridge Associate Director of Economic and Community Development Brandon Hesson said on Wednesday morning.

“A small section of the South wall collapsed inside the building the evening of Monday,” Mr. Hesson said. “Larger sections of the north, south and west walls caused today’s partial closure while engineers, property owners and city and county staff determine the best course of action in the interest of public safety.”

The structure at 507 Race St. has also sustained heavy damage, the result of a previous, unrelated fire. Its facade is bolstered with steel beams, while the building is being restored.

While the authorities decide on the next steps in the restoration process, some citizens find their patience wearing thin. “Just tear it down,” Cheryl Daringer said in a post on social media.

“Please just tear it down,” Robin Linthicum wrote. “This has been going on way too long!”

Mark Robbins agreed, saying, “Tear it all down.”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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