Cushing building damaged in November quake to be torn down
CUSHING, Okla. (KTUL) —
Downtown Cushing is a strange mix of businesses and quiet, ghost town-like buildings. It's been that way since an earthquake rattled the town in November, and things haven't gotten much better.
An old building, once the Lions Club, was pretty beat up during the quake. But on Tuesday, the front of the building collapsed.
The building has now been deemed unsafe and will soon be torn down.
Cassie Brewer, who manages the Buck Horn Bar next door, said the collapsed Lions Club has been bad for business.
"A lot of people think we're closed, and we're not," Brewer said. "People are scared to come in because they think we're closed, or they think it's going to fall."
The Lions Club is only the beginning. Several buildings in downtown Cushing could be too far gone for repairs. The old buildings weren't built to withstand earthquakes.
Marilyn Duff, president of the Downtown Revitalization Program, said many of the "historical" buildings can be renovated.
"This is the heart of our community," Duff said. "You know, you don't let a downtown die like this."
Michael Kennedy, also with the Revitalization Program, said the key to bringing back downtown is finding investors and people to help.
"I see a lot of hope and a lot of potential for downtown," Kennedy said. "And it takes a lot of people to get involved and to be a part of that."