Lakewood Shores employees tear down a barn that caved in during a storm last winter. The plan is to replace the roof but keep the walls if the building is structurally sound. 

OSCODA – Lakewood Shores employees are working to replace the roof of a maintenance barn that caved in during a winter storm.

The process to get the roof off is a painstaking one according to General Manager Craig Peters.

“Right now we’re in the process of taking the collapsed roof off and trying to save as much of the wood as we can because we’d like to reutilize it,” said Peters. “But it’s a piece by piece taking off because one, safety factors and you know we want to make sure all our people are safe and we want to try to save the walls and not have anything else happen with that.”

Peters said the barn has been there since the early 1910s or 1920s was built on Serradella Farm’s property.

He believes the barn was used as a dairy barn but at one time there were potentially horses and cattle sheltered in the structure. He mentioned he also knew they did potato farming at Serradella as well.

This whole property and all these old buildings are very historical.” said Peters.

The replacement of the roof is expected to keep the look that it reflected prior to it caving in.

“Our owner, he loves history and the Serradella Farms, the original, and Lakewood has been in this community obviously for a long time and he wants to keep the integrity with it,” said Peters. “We’ve got all those other barns that we’re constantly maintaining and they’re all about the same age so there’s constant maintenance work to make sure that they’re in good condition.” said Peters.

Prior to the collapse the barn was used for additional golf cart storage and cart maintenance and according to Peters they intend to continue housing the carts in the barn after the work is done.

Currently, Lakewood employees are taking care of the tear down. According to Peters an architect has been hired to draw up a new roof and look over anything else that needs to be done to make sure the building is structurally sound.

“If we go in there carelessly we may lose the walls and you can’t replace that wood. You can’t replace those windows with the history they have and the uniqueness of them,” said Peters. “We’re being diligent about it and being safe for our people’s sake and safe for the building itself.”

With so much work left to do and being in the beginning stages of the project, Peters is unsure how long the tear down will take.

“Our biggest concern is getting the roof off and making sure the walls are structurally sound and then we’ll go from there. We won’t know until all that happens and we have an engineer come out and take a look and make sure the walls can be saved.” said Peters.