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One Brick At A Time
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Article from The Journal & Topics Newspapers by Richard Mayer
Mt. Prospect, IL — OCTOBER RANDHURST DEMOLITION WON'T BE DOWN BY IMPLOSION; MOST MATERIALS TO BE RECYCLED When Randhurst Mall officially closes its doors on Oct. 1 to make way for construction of a $150 million lifestyle center, demolition will be done one brick at a time, not by implosion like many have thought. According to Director of Development for Casto Lifestyle Properties Director of Development, Jim Conroy, between 95%-97% of all material demolished will be recycled and used for the new lifestyle center or distributed for other projects in other communities. Conroy said existing concrete floors in the mall will be crushed and then reused, while the steel will be recycled for other projects. "Recycling that material saves between 50%-60% in demolition costs," said Conroy. Conroy said by mid-October interior walls will be cleared out as much as possible. "The shell of the mall is expected to be demolished sometime in December or January," said Conroy. "It all depends on how harsh the winter weather is. We have to complete the work for Carson's to keep them in business while we construct the lifestyle center." Conroy said contractors and sub-contractors for the project are insured if an unfortunate incident occurs and debris strikes a customer traveling in or out of Carson's department store, which will remain open during demolition and construction of the lifestyle center. Conroy anticipates no problems during the two-year closure. According to Conroy, imploding the mall was never considered due to the structure of the retail center and with Carson's remaining operational. The demolition team will consist of approximately 15-20 people while the construction team will be between 100-150 people, according to Conroy. The project includes a new theater, a 120-room hotel, second- and third-story office space, and approximately 200,000 sq. ft. of new retail/restaurant space. The project also has a three-story storage facility and an approximate 600-space parking deck between the lifestyle center and the neighboring Boxwood apartment complex. During construction, expected to begin by May 2009 with a majority of the lifestyle center being completed by Memorial Day 2010, the project will maintain Carson's along with retailers such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and all outlot tenants, Additionally, the current AMC Theater will be relocated to the east end of the property to become the focal point of the new lifestyle retail area.

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