EDITOR'S NOTE - This story was corrected on Nov. 15 to reflect the fact that the building collapse happened to an adjacent storage building. Our original reporting may have led readers to believe the building in question was the main restaurant.
MANSFIELD -- A storage building on the site of the soon-to-open Hudson & Essex restaurant and winery was damaged Wednesday when a section of the building collapsed.
The storage building on the site of the former home of the National Electric Supply at 51 E. 4th St, suffered damage near the newly identified caverns.
No construction workers were injured, according to the group of construction workers on the site. The damaged part of the building faces North Franklin Street. No immediate cause for the collapse was announced.
The building's owner, Rick Taylor, plans to move his Cypress Winery to the building and create a restaurant called, Hudson and Essex, as an homage to the history of the building, used originally as a car dealership that sold Hudson and Essex automobiles.
Taylor could not be reached at the time of publication, but a representative of the project, Cindy Taylor, was certain that the partial collapse would have no impact on the restaurant's opening date.
Taylor purchased the site, which included several structures, in January from National Electric Supply Co. It was once used to sell cars in the 1920s at what was then The Hieber Motor Co.
The main building, Taylor said, is planned to be two-story upscale restaurant downtown that includes 14,400 square feet of dining and drinking pleasure. It will include a deli and new outdoor eating/live entertainment area.
The main restaurant will seat about 80 people, though the total capacity of the facility, including the winery and outdoor area will likely hold about 200, Taylor said in August.
"We have been downtown 10 years at Cypress Hill. Over that time, we have seen Final Fridays events draw continually bigger crowds. The attitude of people 10 or 15 years ago was that it's not safe coming downtown ... that you're taking a big risk," Taylor said after a Mansfield City Council meeting during which the plans were discussed.
"Over the past 10 years, it's been proven to be a really family oriented place. We wanted to be a part of that," said Taylor, who had hoped to have at least a portion of the new facility open in November.