State Route 60 in New London was unexpectedly closed this afternoon by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) because a downtown corner building appears to be in danger of coming down.
New London Village Administrator Shawn Pickworth called ODOT and the Richland County Building Inspector regarding the decaying masonry on the corner building of north and south main streets.
"This is dangerous. This building could fall down and kill somebody," Pickworth said as he stood outside the building, waiting for assistance.
One of the New London businesses that is housed in the building is Pizza Explosion, whose owner wasn't sure if they would be opening for business later this afternoon or not.
Pickworth said whether the building would be condemned is a decision the building inspector will have to make.
Simon Yoder, who owns the building could not be immediately reached for comment.
Look for the full story in Friday's Norwalk Reflector.