Demolition continues at the site of the former Tyler Refrig-eration building at Textile and Gibson streets.

Dallas Demolition crews have reduced the two-story structure into large piles of building materials and are on schedule to begin removing concrete from the site starting Monday.

“The one thing that demolition crews are doing out there now is that they are putting bricks onto pallets to be reused. They are also reclaiming all of the old wood and a lot of metal. Essentially the building is being recycled. So that is going to take some time to sort out the brick,” Waxahachie City Manager Paul Stevens said.

“It appears to be moving along just fine and has not been too disruptive,” he said. “There is really a demand for old brick to use as pavers and to repair old buildings.”

Stevens said crews should have all of the building materials cleared off before the concrete removal starts. However, if building materials are still present, crews will likely start removing concrete on another area of the 11-acre site. To give a picture on the amount of building material that is present on the site, the first floor of the former cotton mill was about 47,000 square feet, with the second floor about 17,000 square feet.

“There have been some trucks coming and going, but for the most part it just has been delivering the equipment to the site. I think the more disruptive part is when they will be removing the concrete with all of the truck traffic that will take place, with trucks coming in and coming out and that will be much heavier,” Stevens said.

“(There have been) no problems with dust during the demolition. When they were removing the asbestos, they had to keep that part watered down. The rest of the building I have to assume with the way they are trying to reclaim the brick and everything they are knocking it down in sections instead of just bulldozing it,” he said. “That has made it a little bit easier as far as keeping dust down.”

Stevens said the city is reviewing the legal document that would deed the property over to the city, with the agreement expected to be formalized in the next several weeks. Once the document is in its final form, it will be sent to the city council for approval.

Tyler has stipulated that the property will not be used for residential – if the city does acquire it, the site will be used as a park or open space.

Beginning Monday, crews will start to remove the concrete slabs and the remaining building foundations. The concrete removal is expected to take several weeks but could be as long as a month due to the amount and thickness.

The water tower is set to be taken down Sept. 12. Explosives will be used during the process and will be set at the base of the structure so that it will fall away from residential structures. The site will be graded and made level Oct. 6. Asphalt for the parking areas is planned for removal Oct. 15.

“Barring any changes from the weather, they are scheduled to be completed on Oct. 23,” Steven said. 

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