Unstable Chelsea Building Secured, Tenants Return

Residents of a Manhattan building under construction were allowed back into their homes Saturday after falling bricks forced them out and closed a popular restaurant on the ground floor.

The owner of the building located at 98 Eighth Avenue says they were let back in around 4 a.m.

Fire officials received a call about bricks falling from the facade Friday afternoon.

No one was hurt, but La Taza de Oro restaurant on the ground floor was forced to shut down.

Owner Maria Elizabeth Montalvo says Con Edison shut off the gas until they can send inspectors out.

"I am in the process of contacting a licensed plumber so that he or she may contact Con Ed so and we can have have our gas turned back on. Because until that time we cannot continue our operations in the restaurant, we need the gas," Montalvo said.

She hopes to reopen the restaurant on Monday.

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