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Contractor Targets Oct. 17 Implosion For Downtown Jacksonville Berkman II High-Rise

Jacksonville Daily Record

The unfinished Berkman Plaza II high-rise in Downtown Jacksonville has a tentative date with demolition at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. 

That’s when project contractor Pece of Mind Environmental Inc. wants to implode the 18-story riverfront shell structure, according to documents sent Aug. 27 to city officials and reported by WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Pece of Mind President Steve Pece said it filed an amended demolition permit application with the city the same day. 

Structural concerns found Aug. 19 halted demolition on the 14-year-old building at 500 E. Bay St. The contractor was using a high-reach excavator to take down the building.

After an independent inspection, Pece said Aug. 23 implosion is “the safest way” to complete the demolition.

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