Tuesday, October 9, 2001

The former home of Golden Platter Chinese
Restaurant had been vacant for some time.

Outer wall of historic
downtown building
crumbles onto sidewalk

Police block part of Nuuanu
Avenue while the debris is removed

By Nelson Daranciang

Part of the exterior wall to a historic building in downtown Honolulu collapsed this morning forcing police to close a portion of Nuuanu Avenue.

The one-story brick structure at the corner of Nuuanu and Pauahi Street used to be the home of the Golden Platter Chinese Restaurant but had been vacant for some time.

Allen Stack Jr. bought the building in May and has plans to renovate the historic structure. The roof had already collapsed and the beams were pushing the walls out, he said.

Stack had a city permit to brace the walls from the outside with steel beams then remove the roof. "That was supposed to happen later this week," he said.

But shortly after 3 a.m., police began receiving reports that a portion of the wall had crumbled and had fallen onto the sidewalk. No one was injured when the wall fell.

City crews cleaned up the sidewalk after police blocked off the street. City officials are working with Stack's architects to decide what they need to do to make the street and sidewalk safe for passage.

"This is my first building; I'm still learning," Stack said.

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