Responding to last Friday’s video and story showing Cherry Demolition crews knocking a brick wall of the Maryland Manor apartments onto the backyard fence of Ashby Highrise neighbor (and videographer) Scott Reamer the previous Wednesday, apartment tower developer Matthew Morgan of Buckhead Investment Partners offers a few clarifications. In the video, which was posted on Swamplot and Culturemap, Reamer doesn’t come across as particularly happy about the way demolition is proceeding. “You got it! Good job! Now what about my dog?,” he shouts as the bricks fall, just a few feet from the back of his home.
According to a statement issued by Morgan, however, the 55-second video doesn’t tell the whole story:
. . . The wall did not ‘collapse,’ and Mr. Reamer’s fence was not ‘crush[ed]’ or ‘destroy[ed]’. Instead, debris fell on an approximately 8′ section of the fence in question, which was unfortunately knocked loose and alighted at an angle against a tree. Most importantly, however, the fence in Mr. Reamer’s video encroaches onto our property (meaning it is built on our side of the property line) . . . . We have offered (so far without acceptance) to have the fence in question rebuilt on Mr. Reamer’s side of the property line and at no cost to him. After the debris knocked the fence section over, Cherry immediately offered to remove it and repair the damage but were rebuffed by Mr. Reamer and told to stay off of his property.
. . . In an effort to calm Mr. Reamer down, Cherry decided to proceed by hand behind his property in the manner shown on Reamer’s video, rather than with the mechanical process utilized successfully on all other similarly constructed buildings on the property. Had Cherry been left alone to do the work mechanically without trying to placate Mr. Reamer, the fence section may have never been damaged.
Video still: Scott Reamer via Tyler Rudick