The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 7, 2013

Phase one begins for new library

By Rebecca Croomes
news@athensnews-courier.com

— With a loud roar, the white sheet metal awning came down.

Exterior demolition continued Thursday on what is set to become the home for the Athens-Limestone Public Library.

Charlotte Yarbrough of Yarbrough & Sons Excavating and Paving in Huntsville said the company started a week ago doing odd jobs inside the vacated grocery store before focusing on the façade.

On Thursday, workers removed the remaining nuts, bolts and supports for the awning before using an excavator to send the awning crashing to the ground.

Yarbrough said the next step is to remove the existing glass windows and most of the bricks. She said anything that didn’t need to go to the dump would be picked up by local companies that have experience in handling industrial recycling. The ice vault will be removed and sent off for recycling, and the space it occupied will be refurbished to expand the library.

Demolition is considered part of phase one of the master construction plan, according to a press release sent out by construction manager Limestone Building Group. Plans for phase two, which is the actual construction of the facility, are currently being drafted. Work on phase one is scheduled to end in late October.