Van crash collapses Hennepin Avenue building

At 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, a van careened into the Sudz Salon, 2400 Hennepin Ave. S., triggering a partial building collapse. The van's driver was hospitalized, but the 93-year-old building was vacant and no one else was injured. However, Sudz and a neighboring business, Paper Source, 2404 Hennepin Ave. S., have been forced to close for now.

The building next door, housing the Alternative Bike & Board Shop, 2408 Hennepin Ave. S., is undamaged. Manager Joel Erickson said his store is open for spring tune-up business.

Minneapolis Deputy Fire Chief Alex Jackson said his department used heavy rescue equipment and crews specially trained for building collapses. "Where [the driver] hit on the corner of the building, it was a point of support [for the building]," Jackson added.

Paper Source Manager Joni Wheeler said she is still unsure of what will be done with the partially exposed and crumbling building. According to city property tax records, Robert Haverstock, Jr. of Foreston, Minn. owns the 1912 building, valued at $350,000. Haverstock could not be reached for comment.

Wheeler said she's waiting to hear back from insurance companies and lawyers about what to do next. "Right now, we're all a little numb," she said.

Despite the shock, Wheeler added that no matter what happens to the building, her business would remain somewhere in Minneapolis.

Wheeler said for Paper Source location updates, customers should visit Attempts to contact Sudz employees by Southwest Journal's press time were unsuccessful.