Federal Complex demo ahead of schedule
Demolition and cleanup of contamination at the former Bannister Federal Complex is about 11 months ahead of schedule, according to Kevin Breslin, a principal owner of Bannister Transformation & Development (BT&D), the private firm that now owns the site and plans to redevelop it.
Breslin said about a third of the site may be ready for redevelopment as early as August, more than a year earlier than originally forecast.
He said about two-thirds of the vertical portions of buildings on the site have been fully demolished, which includes 47 of the 50 structures. He added that about a fourth of the building slabs have been demolished and recycled, and the pace of that work is accelerating.
Breslin said all building areas contaminated by beryllium have been cleaned and thoroughly tested to confirm they were beryllium-free prior to demolition, and that all contaminants have been property disposed of in licensed landfills.
He said all demolition and cleanup activities, including the reports required by environmental regulations, are projected to be completed by early 2022.
BT&D plans to redevelop the great bulk of the site as an industrial park for light manufacturing and warehousing/shipping, but some retail uses on the east side of Troost outside the flood wall are possible.