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Demolition Contractor Wants To Implode Berkman II

Jacksonville Daily Record
Crews work to stabilize the Berkman II over the weekend.

Implosion is now the safest way to demolish the Berkman Plaza II, the contractor tearing down the 18-story structure said Aug. 23.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reported Pece of Mind Environmental Inc. President Steve Pece said his team plans to file an amended permit application with the city by the end of this week to implode the unfinished 14-year-old building at 500 E. Bay St. 

Structural concerns found Aug. 19 halted demolition work. The city temporarily closed a section of Bay Street and the Northbank Riverwalk around the Berkman II on Aug. 20 until the area was deemed safe.

“At this point, based upon our experience and the recommendation of our structural engineer, the safest way to finish the demolition will be to implode it,” Pece said.

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