Superior Plating demolition tentatively scheduled to begin Monday

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April 2, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
Voss leads a tour of Superior Plating
Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

Demolition of the old Superior Plating building is tentatively scheduled to begin April 7.

Workers are nearly done clearing out the polluted former plating factory and should have the building readied from demolition by the end of the week, according to Steve Voss, a consultant with Conestoga-Rovers and Associates, which is overseeing the pollution cleanup. Demolition will begin on the west side of the building, located at 315 1st Ave. NE.

Voss cautioned that he is still waiting for the final go-ahead from First and University Investors, which owns the site and is paying for the cleanup.

First and University will soon find out if Minneapolis staff endorses its request for state, county and Met Council pollution cleanup grant money. At a community meeting in February First and University representatives said they needed the money to continue site cleanup after cost estimates nearly doubled. Staff reports on pollution cleanup grant requests will be available on April 11, according to Kevin Carroll, a city staff person who handles the requests.

If the demolition moves forward as planned the building would be completely knocked down to its concrete base by mid-April and the entire cleanup effort could be completed by late May, although it should be noted that the pollution cleanup has been consistently marred by delays so far.

DLC Residential has a purchase agreement in place to buy the Superior Plating site once cleanup is complete and plans to develop it into apartments. A representative from DLC met with the Nicollet Island East Bank Neighborhood Association Superior Plating Task Force on March 25, and the parties will probably meet again later this month.