Kirksville Arts Center demolition to resume after delay

The Downtown Kirksville skyline will soon have a different look.

After a slight delay, demolition of the Kirksville Arts building is expected to pick up again this week.

A fire destroyed the structure on the evening of December 2, 2016 and since, the Kirksville Arts Association has been working hard to have the building torn down.

Due to its historical significance, many hoped the building could be salvaged.

However, the blaze was just too much for the structure to handle.

After a number of weeks looking for a contractor to do the job, hand demolition began on February 13.

A & D Construction crews started removing sections of the east, south and north walls.

The Arts Association has said hand demolition is the best and safest option to bring the building down.

At the end of the first full week of demolition on February 17, the structure was looking different.

In addition to the walls, much of the third floor was also removed.

However, since February 17, demolition has been at a standstill.

The contracting company was working to bring in another lift and additional equipment to aid in removing debris.

Because of another job and delays to repair equipment, contractors told the Arts Association they would be unable to work on the building again until February 27.

Since the fire, a portion of South Franklin and East McPherson streets have been closed.

A few downtown business owners told KTVO off camera that they are growing frustrated with the closure of the streets and detours around their shops.

Arts Association members say they understand this situation has been frustrating.

They add they are anxious for the building to come down and for downtown to return to normal.

When demolition first began, a spokesperson for the contracting company told KTVO work was slated to take 30 working days, depending on weather.

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