Carilion Clinic: Roanoke City Mills Demolition Underway

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Roanoke City Mills Demolition Underway

Property located across the street from Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Anyone who drives down the South Jefferson Street corridor has asked the question - "When are the silos coming down" and "how are they going to do it?" Contractors began preparing the site for demolition this week. The mill, seen behind Carilion's Riverside 1 office building above, will come down piece by piece over the next four months.
The demolition supervisor says there will be no dramatic implosion or explosion. A wrecking ball and backhoes will slowly turn the structure into an estimated 2000 truckloads of concrete and bricks.
One lane of Jefferson Street, adjacent to the site, will likely be closed during most of the time the work is underway. The tallest structures, the block house on the left (above) and the large silos on the right, will be taken down on weekends, allowing workers to completely close Jefferson Street.