Wall collapse knocks bricks and bike parts into East End store

A back wall of an East End bike shop collapsed overnight on Friday, sending debris to the ground.

The collapse happened at Kraynick’s Bike Shop on Penn Avenue in Garfield. The rear of the business on Gem Way was hit.

This section of Gem Way was recorded late Friday morning, and Duquesne Light was cutting the power.

Bricks and bike parts littered the floor, and bikes could be seen inside the store through the gaping hole. A representative from the Department of Permits, Licensing and Inspections was on scene.

The owners of the business could not immediately be reached for comment.

The collapse happened outside of store hours from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Maria Montano, spokeswoman for the mayor’s office, said the Permits, Licensing and Inspections Department responded to the bike shop at 5003 Penn Ave. around 8 a.m. for a wall collapse report.

She noted that PLI had issued a stop work and violation order to the neighboring building, 5001 Penn Ave., for the weakening of the foundation that affected Kraynick’s. It was December, she said, when 5003 Penn Ave. has been condemned. A court hearing for the violations is set for May 26.

According to details of the breach, ongoing work at 5001 Penn has exposed part of the Kraynick building’s foundation. Enforcers ordered all work to stop and a plan from a design professional had to be acquired.

This initial inspection was carried out on December 29, according to the records. When the violations continued a month later, a criminal complaint was filed against building owner Jason David Demarchi for the violations.

Demarchi could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to Kraynick’s website: “Since 1946—for the past 70 years—Kraynick’s Bike Shop has been a one-stop home for bike enthusiasts of all tastes.

“Visitors are encouraged to learn how to work on their own bike, to discover the joy of autonomous mechanical satisfaction. The shop does not sell a service. It offers an experience.

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