Slow-mo demo of downtown Santa Rosa building – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

The demolition of a downtown Santa Rosa building is underway to make room for a boutique lodge, however don’t count on to see any wrecking balls or dramatic implosions anytime quickly.

The elimination of the previous Hahman Drug Co. building is extra of a sluggish-mo demo.

The 1908 two-story concrete construction sandwiched between the historic Empire Building and a extra trendy business construction is being taken down very fastidiously to make sure that neighboring buildings will not be broken.

“This isn't a lot a demolition as a dismantling,” developer Hugh Futrell mentioned.

Over the previous couple of weeks, the nondescript building, which in recent times has housed skilled places of work and a restaurant, has been gutted, revealing thick concrete partitions and ceilings. The building, constructed two years after the 1906 earthquake destroyed a lot of downtown, was “over-designed” by somebody seemingly hoping to make sure it might survive one other temblor, Futrell mentioned.

The mix of 10-inch thick concrete partitions and a location between two buildings that have to be preserved have made the demolition course of extra painstaking than Futrell had anticipated.

“The concrete, significantly as a result of of the placement, needs to be reduce and eliminated with nice care,” he mentioned.

Crews wielding giant, loud concrete slicing saws sliced by way of the second-story partitions Thursday, at instances sending up showers of sparks as they struck embedded metal bars.

Within the coming weeks, chunks of the ceiling and partitions might be eliminated one part at a time, punching extra holes within the construction till all that is still are the assist beams, which can then be eliminated.

When it’s gone, the house will turn out to be a slender courtyard separating the long-lasting 1908 beaux-arts Empire Building to the north from the business building owned by Zach Berkowitz to the south.

Following intensive renovations, the 2 buildings will turn out to be the 62-unit Previous Courthouse Sq. Resort. The $19 million venture is a partnership between the Santa Rosa-based Hugh Futrell Corp. and Greystone Motels, a San Francisco-based mostly boutique lodge administration firm.

The venture is predicted to be accomplished in 2018.

It’s additionally a giant guess on the longer term of downtown Santa Rosa, which many see as brilliant following the reunification of Previous Courthouse Sq., an elevated quantity of downtown particular occasions, the arrival of a number of new bars and eating places in recent times and hopes for brand new downtown house initiatives.

You'll be able to attain Workers Author Kevin McCallum at 521-5207 or On Twitter @srcitybeat.

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