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Over the course of 6 months, the slate is wiped clean.
Was this a crumbling and has-been old wreck of a building? Far from it.
Wrecking company Spirtas got a nasty surprise when they finished bringing down the upper floors. Supporting the building's bulk over the theater space were enormous, concrete-filled steel trusses that simply refused to budge.
Taking the trusses down required bringing in a 250-ton crane. The demolition continued until early October, over half a year after it had started, and long after plans had called for completion of the project.
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