Little City Demolition

Equipment will be moved into place Monday to begin the demolition and removal of the 1902 building, a process expected to take six to eight weeks, unless slowed by bad weather. The weakened structural integrity of the asbestos-laden, five-story building prevents it from being redeveloped, as city officials had originally hoped. The southern portion of the Centrue Bank parking lot located directly behind the Little City site will be used for the contractor’s temporary offices and the loading and unloading of building debris, according to a press release from the city of Ottawa. Actual demolition is expected to begin later in the week, with the contractors beginning at the rear of the building and moving forward. Due to the exposed asbestos and instability of the building a wet demolition method will be used, said Brad Benning, the project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is funding and overseeing the work. Read entire article here: