Collinsville, Oklahoma
July 7, 2012
Veterans Building Roof Collapse
Restoration Job By New Owner (City of Collinsville)
Just Got A Lot Tougher
Built After End Of World War II To Honor Our Veterans
Previous Coverage:
May 7, 2012 -- City Manager status indicates transfer to city of the building was finalized (from the American Legion & Ladies Auxliary)

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Veterans Building Roof Collapsed -- The owners of Shanghi Express (next door) reported the collapse of the former VFW building roof about 5:20pm Saturday July 7th. They had noticed the roof sagging a bit July 4th, but heard the crash today. It appears the building was unoccupied but police/fire are investigating. The building was closed and in bad need of repair but this was certainly unexpected. -- Ted 5:45pm Saturday July 7, 2012
Roof Update: City Manager Pam Polk reported (via email) that the city had inspected the sagging roof report and had planned to shore up the roof next week ... before today's collapse. -- Ted 6:25pm Sat. 7/7/2012

-- The city had recently taken over the building from the veterans and were planning to rennovate the neglected building which was built in 1946.
-- Sample previous coverage.

This year's August 2012 Tri-County Fair was already planning to operate without the Veterans (American Legion and former VFW) building for the first time due to it's already poor (pre-crash) condition.

The nearby 4-H/Community Center building was also out of the fair's plans and is set to be torn down (possible this week) after being damaged by a fire. The repairs and new paint to the Depot Museum have been the only obvious positives there in the past week. The Veterans building has been fondly visited by multiple generation of Collinsville citizens since it opened in 1946.

In the past few years increasing age & declining membership had left the American Legion unable to keep up with building maintenance. That despite several priviate citizen fund raiser efforts, before the city agreed to take over and start planning for restoration of the building for continued public use in honor of our veterans. -- Ted Wright 7/9/2012