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Rubble from Genesee Towers implosion should be cleaned up soon

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FLINT (WJRT) - (05/29/14) - In just a couple weeks, the rubble from the Genesee Towers implosion should be cleaned up. For the past five months, workers have been hauling away tons of concrete and re-rod. They're getting close to the end. You can see the basement floor in a couple of spots.

The project manager, Dave Lurvey, says about 90 percent of the rubble has been removed to the Brent Run Landfill in Montrose Township. When it's all cleaned up, about 30,000 tons will have been removed. Each truck load is weighed at the site.

Genesee Towers was built in the 1960s and at its peak in the late '70s was the location of a bank branch, professional offices and an upscale restaurant.

It fell into disrepair and was imploded after it had been vacant for several years.
    
Those hauling away the debris are setting aside large amounts of re-rod, which can be salvaged and sold for scrap. Clearing away all the rubble has been a challenge.

"It's been overwhelming. Not too many 19 story buildings have been imploded in Flint, Michigan, so a lot of us didn't know what to expect. We're holding pretty darn close to what we thought we'd have to work with here," Lurvey said.

"A couple of sticks of dynamite didn't go off. I found myself being a bomb defuser. I thought my implosion man would come up to take care of it. He said, 'No, it's a simple thing' and he told me what to do and it really was a very simple thing. You break it up into little pieces and put it in water," said Martin Burnash, whose demolition company is removing the debris.

After all the rubble is cleared away, fill dirt will be brought in and a park will be created at that site. It's expected to be completed by this fall.

Harrison Street in that area will remain closed until the park is completed.
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