Hopewell South Demolition Project Set Begin February 9th and Span 16-20 Weeks

Staff report

Bloomington, Indiana – February 5, 2024

The City of Bloomington announced the demolition of structures to make space for the new Hopewell neighborhood will begin February 9th, will take approximately 16-20 weeks.

Structures will be hand demolished by a team of 2-4 individuals. This approach aims to minimize noise impact, vibrations, and dust compared to other demolition techniques. While some demolition equipment will be used, no explosives will be permitted in the process, according to the city.

To limit the impact on the surrounding areas, the team will work on one structure at a time, progressing from east to west. The demolition work will strictly adhere to the Bloomington noise ordinance, operating between 7:00 am and 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

The project exclusively targets existing structures, leaving asphalt paving, concrete pads, and walks intact for the time being. All surfaces will be appropriately graded to prevent drainage issues and prepare for future development. Certified contractors will handle any necessary abatement.

Collaborating closely with the City of Bloomington, the demolition contractor, Renascent, has already installed temporary construction fencing to ensure safety during the demolition process. Renascent has a history of working with the city, having recently completed demolition projects in the surrounding area, including the IUH Legacy Hospital site.

Construction traffic will be routed through West 1st Street to minimize disruption to the neighborhood, with no current plans for lane closures. Future notifications will be posted should this situation change.

Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to reach out to Anthony Larsen, the Renascent site contact, at 317-457-0969 for any project-related inquiries. Desma Belsaas, the Project Manager representing the City on this initiative, can be contacted at 317-981-7257 for concerns or additional information.

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