TAMPA — Over the past month, demolition crews have gutted the old five-story Bromley office building at the future site of the $500 million Midtown Tampa project.
On Sunday, the remaining skeleton of the building is scheduled to come down.
The demolition is not a public event, and the work site is fenced. The plan is to make cuts low in the building’s support columns, then attach 200-foot steel cables to the tops of the columns and use two excavators — pieces of heavy equipment with powerful retractable arms — to pull the structure to the ground. Within about 30 seconds, gravity should reduce the building to a two-story pile of debris.
Of that, about 24,000 pounds of concrete will be crushed and re-used in the 1.8 million-square-foot project. Construction is expected to begin in early 2019 on 22 acres near the southeastern corner of Interstate 275 and N Dale Mabry Highway. Plans for Midtown Tampa include:
• A 48,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market expected to open in the fall of 2020.
• 750,000 square feet of Class A office space, plus two boutique hotels and more than 200,000 square feet of retail, first-in-the-market restaurants, entertainment, fitness and outdoor activities.
Midtown Tampa is being developed by The Bromley Companies, based in New York City. The general contractor is Barr & Barr, a 91-year-old New York company that in 1932 built Rockefeller Center. Cross Environmental Services is handling interior and exterior demolition.
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