Demolition underway for new Maurice's headquarters

By KBJR News 1

May 20, 2014 Updated May 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Workers took a big bite in the demolition of the former KDLH Broadcast Center in Duluth on Tuesday.

The building must be demolished to make way for the new Maurice's headquarters.

Demolition is a six to eight week process which began about two weeks ago with McGough construction workers disconnecting utility and gas lines inside the building.

Maurice's spokespeople say backhoes with "munchers" are taking bites out of the concrete.quarters

The "munching" process will continue over the course of the next few weeks, eventually weakening the structure so it can be knocked down.

Demolition began with the KDLH studio building and will then move to the Palladio Building next door.

Spokespeople say the demolition process and construction of the new building will significantly benefit the area.

"We're going to be able to build for 100 plus new jobs that can come to town; there's 250 construction jobs as part of this project. This is one of the largest developments in downtown and commercial history, and I think it really helps revitalize the west end of downtown Duluth," said Laura Sieger of Maurice's.

Officials with Maurice's headquarters say demolition should not impact traffic to any great extent.

They will continue to keep two lanes open on Superior Street, and send out construction updates to those directly impacted in the process.

Maurice's officials say the project will attract new people to the area and also increase property values.

The project is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2016.

Elsa Robins