Glass falling from a downtown Galveston building has prompted the organizers of Mardi Gras! Galveston to move one of the entrances to the event.

City officials last week received reports of glass falling from the Medical Arts Building, 302 21st St.

Galveston City Marshal Michael Gray said the city has contacted the building’s owner, The ITEX Group, asking it to address the issue. Gray said he was not aware of anyone being injured or any property being damaged by the glass. No citations have been issued against the owner, he said.

Mike Dean, the president of Yaga’s Entertainment, said Wednesday one of his employee’s vehicles was damaged by a piece of falling glass last week while the company was setting up the downtown entertainment area for Mardi Gras Galveston.

The city was alerted to the incident, Dean said, adding he found another piece of glass on the street on Sunday.

Mardi Gras organizers would move one of the entry gates from the intersection of 21st and Mechanic streets to 22nd and Mechanic streets, Dean said.

“I’m not comfortable with that location anymore,” Dean said.

The second weekend of Mardi Gras celebrations begins Friday evening.

ITEX Group senior vice president Bobken Simonians said construction and maintenance teams are addressing the issue.

ITEX Group bought The Medical Arts Building in 2016 with plans to renovate it into an apartment complex and parking garage.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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