With the pounding thunk of metal knocking into concrete giving the surrounding neighborhood a good shake, work crews began the process of demolishing the burned-out Marion Apartments building to make way for new construction Friday morning.
CHS reported last week on the imminent start of work on the project at Bellevue and Pine. The building became a haven for squatters and drug users in the years since a 2008 fire ripped through part of the building as the final tenants were cleared out when the property was first being prepared for redevelopment.
The subsequent economic downturn left the abandoned building in development limbo. You can learn more about the mixed-use building now set to inhabit the corner here.
The Bellevue/Pine demolition in a high-traffic pedestrian environment drew a steady stream of onlookers Friday morning. The shaking caused by knocking down the 1960s-era building’s concrete core piece by piece can be heard — and felt — throughout nearby streets.
The work site is neighbored by another redevelopment project. We wrote about the Bellevue Terrace building as part of our recent look at nearly-completed construction projects around the Hill. Unlike another recent major Pine demolition, this shouldn’t be a case of the creation of an empty lot while the developers get their act together to build a project. George Webb of The Stratford Company said last month he expected ground to be broken on the Bellevue/Pine project “in the next few weeks.”