Bid Approved to Demolish Swanson Nunn Building

Published 02/20 2014 05:48PM

Updated 02/20 2014 05:49PM

What's left of the old Swanson Dunn building near downtown Evansville will be gone by May 1.

All of the asbestos and hazardous waste that used to be inside the building was removed last year.

You may remember several years ago vapors coming from the property forced a nearby day care to close.

City leaders had to wait for the results of an environmental study before getting the green light to tear the whole thing down.   
"I am overjoyed for the city as well as for the neighbors in the proximity of the Swanson Nunn facility," said Brownsfield Coordinator Carolyn Rusk, "that finally we're going to be demolishing that eyesore."

A Princeton company won the demolition bid for $126,000.

Up until the 1930's, the building housed a laundry and dry-cleaning facility. That's where officials say the contamination originated.

And there's still more work to do. State environmental officials will be involved in the process to clean the soil. We're told that could take three or four years to complete.

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