Demolition Getting Closer

Demo crew ready to begin its work. The job of tearing down the fire damaged building at 401 through 409 Main Street is about to begin.

The Cassgram reports The state permits are all lined up. The contractor was getting with the city building inspector yesterday and planned to start some work tomorrow with the major work beginning on Monday.

Finding out that his building was asbestos free was “wonderful news,” said Dr. Lee Larsen, the owner of 405-409 Main Street.

Larsen said it will be a big relief when the building is down and the liability is off his shoulders.

Peitzmeier Demolition and Concrete Cutting, Inc. of Omaha has the job of taking down what is left of the building. Owner Mark Peitzmeier expects three to four men to be working at the site for two to three weeks.

Once the west wall is down—the wall up against the Main Street Jewelers building—then it becomes “fairly easy,” said Peitzmeier. That fractured west wall will be taken down by hand with workers in JLG lift baskets working from above the wall with chisels and hammers.

Then the remaining structure will be knocked inward and excavators will be used to reach in and dig out the rubble.

Peitzmeier expects the city will watch closely as the hole is then backfilled with dirt and compacted.

The company has 20 years experience in the business and has worked in five states in the Midwest but does most of its work in Nebraska.

The exact cause of the fire that started in 401 Main on January 2nd has not been determined because of the entry dangers that exist.

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