Arts center demolition soon to be underway

The groundwork has been set to demolish a historic building in downtown Kirksville.

It's been 60 days since a fire destroyed the Kirksville Arts Center building; now, a safety fence has been put up as the demolition nears.

The Kirksville Arts Association says a contract has been signed with A & D Construction LLC based out of California, Missouri.

Now that the burned-out building has been barricaded, the company has plans to bring in equipment over the next few days.

Due to those preparations, the actual demolition isn't expected to begin until next week.

A spokesperson for the company told KTVO the project is slated to take 30 working days, depending on weather.

The Kirksville Arts Association says the contracting company will be taking a majority of the building down by hand.

They say that method will be the safest and most secure way to demolish the building.

It will also help protect the neighboring structures.

In total, the price tag to demolish the building is just shy of $111,000.

Although a portion of South Franklin Street is still closed to through traffic, downtown shops in that area reiterate they are open and will continue to remain open for business.

Those visiting downtown Kirksville while the demolition is underway are encouraged to use caution near the building at the corner of Franklin and McPherson streets.

Kirksville Arts Association members continue to thank the community for its support since the fire on December 2, 2016.

The temporary home for Kirksville Arts is located at 1902 South Baltimore Street.

Association members say that space is currently serving them very well.

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