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Downtown Parking Projects Delayed

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Construction signs and fences are all over downtown Billings. Two parking projects have been delayed.

The old library building still stands - its demolition delayed. Library director Bill Cochran says work should start up again Monday.

"I know it's frustrating to everybody,” Cochran says. “It’s frustrating to us too. But the good news is that we do have a permit that's in place to get started again on the demolition and it should move more quickly than it has over the last month or so."

Cochran says they have a permit from the Department of Environmental Quality to start abatement and continue demolition. This happening after they found additional materials and part of the fifth floor of that hadn't been tested for asbestos.

"So this whole series of stops and starts, and testing, and waiting for the test results, and then abating has resulted in quite a delay," Cochran says.

Crews will start by moving the debris piles that may be contaminated and then abating some areas inside the old building. Then, they'll start with full on demolition. The Empire Parking Garage's soft opening has been delayed to early August. Assistant city administrator Bruce McCandless the winter weather did change the schedule -- but crews are now working on cleaning and finishing the last touches of the 160-thousand square foot structure.

Once both parking structures are completed, there will be a grand opening for each so stay tuned.

 

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