The demolition of the former Superior Plating factory at 315 1st Ave. NE begins today.
Candace Sykora, a hydrogeologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), said that she expects the entire building to come down in about two weeks.
The MPCA is paying for Baywest, a St. Paul-based environmental consulting firm, to perform ongoing air quality monitoring at the Superior Plating site after it was requested by nearby residents.
Following demolition, crews will spend about two months tearing up the building’s concrete floor and excavating the soil below down to the bedrock. The soil will be treated with a powder to neutralize any hazardous materials and shipped in small batches to an industrial landfill.
According to Hennepin County property records the Superior Plating building was built in 1900. It served as a street car barn for the city of Minneapolis before it was converted into a plating factory.
Florida-based developer DLC Residential has a purchase agreement in place to buy the site, and has had a representative meet with the Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association on two occasions to discuss potential redevelopment, which would include hundreds of rental apartments.