Collapsed Eastern Market Building to be Demolished

Several businesses in Detroit’s Eastern Market will be looking for new homes after the city of Detroit has ordered the demolition of the Del Bene Building after the building experienced a partial collapse of the top two stories on Saturday.
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Del Bene Building
The Del Bene Building in Eastern Market in downtown Detroit before it collapsed on Saturday, resulting in city officials ordering an emergency demolition. // Photo courtesy of Zillow

Several businesses in Detroit’s Eastern Market will be looking for new homes after the city of Detroit has ordered the demolition of the Del Bene Building after the building experienced a partial collapse of the top two stories on Saturday.

The building, 2501 Russell St., was home to Jabs Gym, Beyond Juicery & Eatery, Brooklyn Outdoor, J’adore Detroit, and a Detroit Vs. Everybody storefront. James Harris, chief of the Detroit Fire Department, said that the cause of the collapse has yet to be determined.

“I was inside the building when the collapse happened,” says Armond Rashad, owner of Jabs Gym. “It just came out of nowhere. It was absolutely terrifying.”

Rashad says as far as he knows, beside a pedestrian who was hit by some debris, no one else was injured during the collapse.

Jabs has been in the Del Bene Building for eight years. Rashad says he is still processing what’s happened and hasn’t formulated any plans yet for his gym.

“It’s been a whirlwind, as you can imagine,” Rashad says. “I’m still figuring out my next step.”

In an interview with Axios Detroit, Tommy Walker, founder of Detroit Vs. Everybody said he was in the process of assessing his losses, which included merchandise, art, and all the sweat that went into remodeling the space.

The Detroit News reported that Candice Simons, president and CEO of Brooklyn Outdoor and J’adore Detroit, said her business, an event venue, “Is done.”

“We will be done if the building goes down. … We can’t rebuild this space,” Simons says. “It’s just really devastating to think about the fact that like, we might not like be able to step foot in that space again.”

Rashad says his landlord, Scot Turnbull, purchased the building for $250,000 in 2007 when it was vacant. By 2012, Turnbull reportedly spent approximately $1 million restoring the building.