The wrecking crews arrived this week on the Spalding Drive property and have begun removing the buildings that once served as .
By Tuesday afternoon, one of the buildings was already down and a crew member operating a large piece of equipment called a track hoe had begun its work on the big church building.
"The buildings should be down and hauled off within two weeks," said Cary Flake, Superintendent with Rogers Construction Company who is overseeing the work.
He said removing the asphalt will be the next step in clearing the property. "What takes the longest is sorting out the material for recycling," he added.
The steel and brick is recycled as well as the asphalt. Flake said the asphalt is ground up and will eventually be used to pave another road or parking lot.
The superintendent said the owners are considering constructing a Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, which is much more environmentally friendly, but also quite a bit more costly to build.
After the demolition stage, the construction company will request a land development permit to remove curbing and trees. "We'll also be escavating dirt and hauling it offsite for a basement that is part of the building plan," said Flake.
The site will be developed as a senior living center. Noble Village at Spalding will offer cottage homes, apartments, assisted living and memory care living for residents 55 and older. The residential community will also feature a walking trail, gardens, restaurant and other amenities.