Fencing is up and raze permits have been approved for the demolition of the former Southeastern University campus at 501 I Street. Demolition will begin later this month after school is out for the summer at neighboring Amidon-Bowen Elementary. The demolition process will last five weeks, starting on the north side of the site for the first week and moving to the west side during weeks two and three. Then demolition will shift to the east side for the last two weeks. Work hours will be from 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
All of the debris from demolition will be sorted on site, placed in containers and then hauled to recycling centers. In addition, all of the hardscape and landscape materials will be removed from the site, but Erkiletian has offered to provide the materials to members of the community or for use on other public sites, such as the Southwest Duck Pond or the SW Community Garden. For those who are interested, contact Paul Kokosinski at Erkiletian if you would like any of the landscape materials on site.
The Shakespeare Theater Company is partnering with Erkiletian at 501 I Street to build a nine-story building with approximately 155 residential units (a portion of the units will be set aside for actors, interns and affordable housing under Inclusionary Zoning), as well as rehearsal space, a black-box theater, a costume and set equipment fabrication shop, and the administrative headquarters for the Company. Most of STC’s operations will be located below-grade. Once demolition is complete, the site will be leveled off and remain fenced off until excavation begins, which won’t happen for 12 to 14 months since the developer still needs to go through the PUD process.