A contractor inspects the partial collapse in 2015 of the old Hart's Alley building on Second Street Early.

Boomerang file photo

Attorneys reached a last-minute settlement Friday morning in a civil lawsuit involving a downtown Laramie building that partially collapsed in 2015.

The case, which was set to go to trial Monday, stemmed from the June 6-7, 2015, collapse of the south wall of the Hart’s Alley building. Located at 404 S. Second St., the lot is adjacent to the former site of a Laramie Vision Clinic building that burned down in 2014.

Building owners Sean and Dolores Hart filed a complaint in December accusing three Wyoming companies — Reiman Corp., Gertsch-Baker Engineering & Design, Incorporated, and Inberg Surveying Company, Inc. — of negligence.

The companies were retained by 20/20 Ventures, the owner of the Laramie Vision Clinic building, for services related to the creation of a new structure at the former clinic building site.

In their complaint, the Harts claimed Reiman caused their building’s south wall to fail by excavating “too far down,” Gertsch-Baker was negligent in its designs and Inberg did not take adequate steps to ensure a safe excavation.

The Harts requested compensation for damages, including demolishment, debris removal and replacement and reconstruction costs, as well as loss of business income and loss of potential sale and use of the property.

Colin Simpson, an attorney representing the Harts, said he could not disclose the amount of money involved in Friday’s settlement.

“I would expect that some things are going to start happening at the lot relatively soon as far as demolition of the building and removal,” he said, adding he expected this work to begin within 30 days once the necessary paperwork is complete.

Attorneys representing the three Wyoming companies could not be reached by deadline Friday.

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