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Sinclair demolition to start next week

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- After two fires and a flood, demolition and clean-up at the Sinclair property in Cedar Rapids is set to begin next week.

 The 28 acre site on the city's southeast side, was once home to the Sinclair Meat Packing operation.

The site was bought by the city several years ago and had been used as storage as the city figured out what to do with it.

The buildings on the property were heavily damaged by the floods of 2008 and then two fires in 2009.

The buildings were not safe to enter, so they had to be partially demolished to put out the second fire.

Starting next week, the first phase of demolition will begin, which involves removing the loose debris from around the site.

That phase is expected to take several weeks.

John Riggs, assistant code enforcement manager, says because the site is so big, the project will divided into several phases.

The demolition of the unsafe structures will begin as soon as the site is prepped and the loose debris is cleaned up.

Cassie Willis, Communications Liaison for the city, says the smokestack is not included in the demolition because of the recommendation by the Historic Preservation Commission to save it.

D.W. Zinser, of Walford, will perform the demolition at a cost of  $7,725,000.

Beck Disaster Recovery will perform debris monitoring of the demolition project, as required by FEMA, at a cost of $211,302.

All costs associated with the demolition are 100% reimbursable by FEMA.

FEMA has obligated $18.9 million for the demolition and clean-up of the property.

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