Historic White Hall demolition under way in Grand Junction
Originally built in 1923, White Hall — a stately church remembered for its white pillars and bricks — was the site of many marriages, funerals, christenings and general community fellowship for close to nine decades. And after a mysterious fire caused its ultimate destruction in 2011, the city is finally tearing it down in hopes to make way for new development.
The demolition of White Hall officially started Monday, May 13, and work on the site has been steady for the past two weeks.
“The demo and clean up is slated to be complete by the end of next week,” said City of Grand Junction spokeswoman Sam Rainguet. “The site will be cleared with the exception of the one-story segment on the east end of the property. That will be saved as it was not damaged.”
A city news release also noted that “the building must come down very methodically so as not to damage anything around it.” Thus, workers tasked with the demolition will use a trackhoe, not a wrecking ball.
Grand Junction City Council asked the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to take on the property as a project once the city completes the demolition and cleanup of the site, according to a May 3 Free Press story. DDA Executive Director Harry Weiss said he will be consulting with the new City Council to discuss their ideas and expectations before finalizing any transfer of ownership of the property.
As to what the site might become in the future, Weiss says they will continue to explore mixed uses including residential.
Free Press writer Sharon Sullivan contributed to this article.
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