Demolition under way at old City Hall |

Demolition under way at old City Hall

Post Independent Photo/Jim Noelker

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Pieces of the old City Hall roof limply sagged in the blistering sun Thursday as a mighty backhoe chewed its way through the tan bricks and 1960s architecture.

Sitting squarely in the center of what once was the site of innumerable debates, the machine’s long arm and giant claw, deftly maneuvered by operator Francisco Gonzales, ripped down walls, dropping the crumpled debris into a gaping hole that exposed the basement.

“We’re hoping to have the structure done Monday night,” said Bob Strait, owner of Pro Xcavation of Silt.

The demolition began at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, and by 3:30 p.m., Council Chambers and most of the offices were gone.

“I’m just going to demo it, backfill it and level it out,” Strait said.

The old City Hall, located at 806 Cooper Ave., is being razed to make way for a new fire station and eventually a new parking structure.

The building was in operation for nearly 40 years – 1965 through 2003 – but was eventually outgrown by the government of the burgeoning mountain town.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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