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Crews Working to Protect People, Property as Implosion Nears

John Gibson

Crews are taking steps to protect people and property when the 420 Main St. building is imploded Sunday morning. 

Rick Hall of demolition contractor Renascent Incorporated told the Evansville Rotary Club Tuesday that crews have stacked metal containers around the building to help protect other properties.

Hall also said crews are using a protective fabric.

"There's a lot of geofabric which is like a felt material that's being placed over the front of a lot of the buidlings nearby that will cover murals or windows or things of value."

Hall also reminded the audience about the nine-block exclusion zone around the 18-story building that police will enforce, beginning at 4 a.m. Sunday.

Joshua Armstrong of the Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District urged everyone to stay away from downtown Sunday morning and watch the planned 7 a.m. implosion on TV or an online livestream.

"I can't think of a single place in downtown where you wouldn't be interfering with the efforts of the contractor or the efforts of first responders."

A new six-story residential-commercial development is planned for the site of the former Old National Bank tower and the already-demolished Sycamore Building.

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