City Officials Plan Demolition and Renovation of White Hall
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- It's finally time for one of Grand Junction's most historic buildings to be taken down.
White Hall, located in downtown Grand Junction on 6th and White Ave., was destroyed from a large fire back on September 15, 2011.
The city acquired the building about six months after the blaze, after the initial owner did not demolish or renovate the building.
City officials contracted Hudspeth and Associates out of Denver to lead the demolition.
Since that time, representatives from the state and the contracting company have been coming up with a plan to demolish the building in an environmentally safe manner.
"They've got air monitoring stations set up around the perimeter to make sure if there's the slightest bit of asbestos that hits on one of those monitors,the contractor needs to adjust his work plan accordingly," said Trent Prall, Engineering Manager for Grand Junction.
Officials offered nearby residents plastic sheets to cover windows from any contaminated air from the demolition.
The east-west alley in the 600 block of Grand and White Avenues may have intermittent closures during the operations, which will occur Monday-Friday between 7 A.M. and 4 P.M.
Demolition will take place on the sanctuary on the west side of the building, while officials are still deciding the future of the east side of the building, which only received minor, non-structural damage.
The anticipated completion date for demolition is the end of May.
Once that is complete, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will take over responsibility for the property.
Officials from the DDA cannot officially make arrangements for the property until the title for the property is passed on to them by the city.
Still, DDA officials are looking over several options for the property's future.
"One of our big interests is housing because we'd like to see more multiple family housing in downtown, especially market rate housing, and this renovation of the education wing has some unique characteristics that make it a good candidate for a conversion to market rate housing," said Harry Weiss, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority.
The total cost of the project is over $300,000, but $85,000 of that will be covered through a grant from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment Brownfields Program, which encourages the cleanup of underused and contaminated properties.