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Feb 27

Archaeological Study and Demolition to Begin

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 8:08 AM by Communications Department

The City has finalized the process and selected the firm of New South Associates to conduct the Phase III archaeological study of the old City Farm property. CityFarm1_SCThe Phase III study will focus on the areas that were identified in prior studies as having the greatest concentration of archeological features and historical artifacts. The areas include the land immediately surrounding and beneath the old City Farm barracks, dining hall and adjacent parking lots. To facilitate the study, the dining hall and the old barracks will need to be demolished. This was discussed with the City Council in a briefing at a work session several weeks ago.

The Department of Public Works is currently determining the best approach for demolishing the buildings either in-house or through an outside contractor depending on the construction of the buildings. It is anticipated that the building demolitions CityFarm2_SCwill be conducted in two phases.

Demolition of both facilities is required to prepare for the archaeological dig. The dig is an exciting opportunity for the City and the public to gain a thorough understanding of the history of the City Farm property. It is anticipated that Phase I Demolition will begin in early March.