JUSTIN KUTZ STANDS beside the bricks from the facade, now nicely placed on palets in front of 110 Blackburn St. Ian Stepleton photo
JUSTIN KUTZ STANDS beside the bricks from the facade, now nicely placed on palets in front of 110 Blackburn St. Ian Stepleton photo

      LAST WEEK TUESDAY evening, Justin Kutz dropped his daughter off at dance, a few feet away from the building he’d just purchased.

     He peeked at the old structure at 110 Blackburn, and — despite some obvious flaws —  Kutz saw potential.

     Had he stuck around a little longer, he would have seen much more.

    “I left and everything was fine,” he said.

     The next morning, however, he got a call from Riponite Eric Pollesch, with whom Justin had plans to renovate the building.

     Sometime overnight, a sizeable section of the south facade came crashing down.

     “My first reaction was, was anybody hurt? What exactly happened?” Justin said.

     And when he realized no one was injured and nothing (other than his building) was damaged, that’s when the he discovered the golden goose had just laid a shiny egg at his feet. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Oct. 12, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.