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Awning Collapse At MGM Plaza Closes Businesses

Feb 18, 2015 02:13PM ● By Bill Gilman
The awning at MGM Plaza at 1721 Main St. collapsed under the weight of snow Wednesday morning, forcing three businesses to close their doors while cleanup and repairs are completed.
Two of those businesses, Milestones Childcare Center and LaBella Salon, were open at the time of the collapse and had to be evacuated.
A third business, The Self Defense Institute, was closed at the time.
"There was a rumbling (before the collapse)," said Maureen Porter, co-owner of Milestones Childcare Center."It was quick, like 'rumble, rumble, Bang!' It was surprisingly quick."
According to Porter, there were about 40 children and staff members in the center at the time of the collapse.
According to town records, the building is owned by Gravallese A Intravaia and GIM Properties Realty Trust of North Reading. A representative of the owner, along with an electrical contractor, was on scene Wednesday afternoon, assessing the damage. He was not available for comment.
Porter said she was told the rubble would need to be removed, electrical repairs needed to be made and all remaining snow needed to be removed from the roof before the building inspector would allow the businesses to re-open. Porter said the inspector was expected to return to the building Thursday at 1 p.m. but she said, realistically, she expects to be closed the rest of the week.

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