Earl Warren, of Fort Dodge, was shopping at the Key on Central Friday afternoon when he heard loud banging noises from across the street.,When he looked outside, he was among the first to notice a section of the building at 1031 Central Ave. leaning out.,The tilting section of the wall fell in three large chunks shortly before 2:40 p.m., raining bricks, dust, mortar and bits of wood down onto the sidewalk and into 11th Street.,Fierke said Friday afternoon that the building owner is responsible for removing any part of the building that is in imminent danger of of falling down.,As he surveyed the fallen bricks Friday afternoon, he remained grateful it wasn’t worse.

Big changes could transform the town’s critical South Churton Street corridor over the next decade, giving people more ways to get around, visit and live in Hillsborough — instead of sitting in traffic.,The town has been working with the N.C. Department of Transportation for years on a plan for improving Churton Street, which connects the town’s commercial strip and its historic downtown.,The plan would expand South Churton Street to four lanes with center turn lanes, and add bike lanes and sidewalks from Interstate 40 to Orange Grove Road.,Amtrak station

Also this month, the Hillsborough Town Board could begin the process of designing and building an $8.1 million Amtrak station at South Churton and Orange Grove streets.,The goal, Hauth said, is to get people on U.S. 70A to use the new route and reduce the number of cars waiting to turn downtown at the Churton Street stoplight. read more

The facility was designed and built by Team Pain Skate Parks, a Winter Springs company founded by skateboarding guru Tim Payne, whose resume includes more than 200 custom skate parks — including those in Lake Mary, Oviedo, Cocoa Beach and New Smyrna Beach — and designing ramps for ESPN’s X-Games.,Several Central Florida cities in recent years have built skate parks to meet a recreational demand from young people who aren’t interested in traditional sports such as baseball, football and soccer.,In 2003, daredevil skateboarders and BMX riders took part in the Central Florida Extreme Festival to mark the opening of the 26,000-square-foot Orlando Skate Park at Festival Way and Livingston Street.,Some Central Florida facilities have gone by the wayside, including Vans Skatepark Orlando, a 61,000-square-foot indoor facility on International Drive that closed in 2012, and the Badlands Skate Park in Altamonte Springs, built by Team Pain, which shuttered in 1999.,In Eustis, skateboarding has surged thanks to the new skate park, which was the culmination of a presentation made by a group of young people two years ago to city commissioners about the need for such a facility in the Lake County city of 21,000.