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Elevator demo could begin as early as today or Friday


The long-awaited demolition of the "eight-pack" will begin within the next few days, according to city officials.

At Tuesday's city council meeting, the council learned that a demolotion crew expects to begin knocking down the eight-pack as early as today or Friday.

The crew was hired by New Vision Co-op. It has a crane on the site, located along the railroad track, just north of McDonald's. The eight-pack includes the eight round concrete grain storage units that are attached to a tall square elevator grain building.

The demolition project was been delayed by a railroad permit, according to Stuart Carleton of Blue Earth Environmental Co., the firm hired to tear down the complex.

The council approved a motion calling for a half-block of First Avenue to be closed during the demolition. The closure is not expected to have a significant effect on nearby businesses.

Carlton said once the project gets underway, it could take a week. Plans are to take the building debris to a nearby site where it will be crushed and mixed with rock materials for use in other projects.

The square grain elevator building connected to the eight pack is not expected to be torn down for about three years. Verizon has a three-year contract for antennas at the top of the building. The firm also has highly expensive technical equipment in the small metal building that is nearby.




 

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