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Demolition begins at Marshall Square retirement complex

Work could take up to 45 days at Evans complex

Posted: August 15, 2015 - 11:02pm
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A crew from Thompson Wrecking Co. tears down the burned out parts of the Marshall Square Retirement Resort in Evans. A blaze that broke out in the building's attic on June 2.    Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
A crew from Thompson Wrecking Co. tears down the burned out parts of the Marshall Square Retirement Resort in Evans. A blaze that broke out in the building's attic on June 2.

Wrecking crews began taking down the charred ruins of the Marshall Square Retirement Resort this week — work that is expected to continue for the next 45 days.

During the next several weeks, Thompson Wrecking Co. expects to haul away up to 150 40-yard dump truck loads to a construction landfill in Aiken, according Hiram Thompson, president and owner.

Thompson said work will initially concentrate on toppling and hauling away debris left behind from the June 2 blaze that destroyed the central core and east wing of the complex. The fire displaced more than 80 residents and killed 91-year-old Dorothy Carpenter, who was trapped in her third-floor apartment.

Demolishing that portion should take about 30 days. It could take up to 45 days to gut the the west wing, which remains standing, he said.

“That’s all going to be stripped and gutted out because it was not damaged by the fire, just smoke damage,” he said. “It will be stripped down to the studs, so the owner, when they see fit, can go in and start the renovation of that structure.”

The owner, Nebraska-based Resort Lifestyle Communities, has said it intends to rebuild the $27 million retirement resort.

Paul Scarbary, director of Columbia County’s Development Service Division, said any rebuilding plan will go through the permitting process from scratch.

“They still need to submit a site plan to go through approval, as well as the new building plan,” he said.

Any modifications will fall under updated building code regulations, that have changed since the original building was approved, he said.

“I’m curious whether they will build again, but that is what I’m hearing they will do,” Scarbary said.

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jbartley

Paul Scarbary

If Columbia county had a Georgia certified building offical doing the certificates of occupancy that building would have never got open for business.