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Demolition at the Rail Park is nearly finished

Construction is on track

Construction is on track and moving along swimmingly over at phase 1 of the Rail Park, with demolition nearly complete, according to a recent update.

The Rail Park shared a construction update today, stating that demolition on the quarter-mile-long stretch of the Rail Park is about 80 percent finished. The update comes about four months after the park’s groundbreaking in October 2016.

Given the history of the site, a lot of soil remediation, lead paint abatement, and demolition were of first priority to AP Construction in the immediate months after the groundbreaking. In January, they began major construction, jackhammering away at an 18-inch deep earthen fill, which served as a base for the original rail track.

They’ve also been working with landscape architect Studio Bryan Hanes to restore the site’s stone walls.

Next up, work will begin on building a foundation for a staircase at 13th and Noble Streets. Some more structural work will take place on the rail line, too. Specifically, they’ll be installing metal railings along the line.

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And in case you were wondering, there will still be spring tours of the Rail Park amid the construction. Stay tuned.