After many years of falling into disrepair, a portion of the former Blum Shoe Factory in Dansville collapsed causing damage to an adjacent business. A passerby on his daily walk down Ossian Street Saturday morning around 6:30, observed that the south-west portion of the former factory had collapsed and a portion of it had fallen onto Dansville Collision.
The roof to Dansville Collision suffered some damage. According to co-owner Kelly Hoag, although concrete blocks had fallen onto the roof and broke through the plywood, debris did not fall through into the shop. Hoag said the collapse narrowly missed the shops paint ventilation system which is on that portion of the building.
A nearby neighbor reported he had heard a loud crash around 11:30 Friday night. Its believed that the constant deterioration, the recent heavy rains, and high winds Friday caused the collapse.
According to Public Works Superintendent Scott Tracy, insurance adjusters are expected to meet all parties Monday morning. It will be determined then what will happen to the remaining portion of the former factory that is still standing and who will be responsible for the tear down if that should be the determination. The area has been cordoned off in the mean time.
An out-of-state developer is in the process of purchasing the former Blum Shoe factory however reports to Genesee Media say the final documents are not expected to be signed until September. The developer is not only purchasing the dilapidated building but also long time VanHyning’s Service at the corner of Main and Milton Streets. All of the buildings will be raised and debris cleared to allow a new free-standing CVS drugstore to be built at the site.
The Blum Shoe Mfg. Company began in 1885, growing out the custom shoe making shop of John Blum, producing felt, fabric, and leather house slippers, with the final products shipped around the world. After being operated by three generations of the Blum family, the plant closed in the mid 1900′s.