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Demolition Starts On Old Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Jacob McCleland

Crews began demolishing the old Convention and Visitor's Bureau building in downtown Cape Girardeau on Monday. The building at 100 Broadway is coming down because it does not fit in with downtown's architectural style. The building is also in a state of disrepair. 

The demolition will be done before the the Great Race on June 25th but the contract allows 75 days for it to be completed, according to City Engineer Casey Brunke.

“Its kind of been on our radar to remove for a while now,” Brunke said. “It’s kind of an eye sore. It doesn’t really fit with the rest of the downtown area. The architecture is a lot different. So it’s kind of been a sore thumb that we’ve been wanting to take care of and we were fortunate enough to get some funding to be able to do that.” 

Brunke says that the building will become a parking lot for now. Traffic may be reduced to one lane from time-to-time, which may cause some short delays.

The contract was awarded to Kevin Williams Excavating for $43,800. 

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