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Demolition of the Kress Building began on Monday, May 15, 2017 and will last for approximately four months. The Texarkana, Texas City Council approved demolition in 2016, deeming it necessary to demolish the building due to health and safety concerns.
An investigative report was completed by Mark A. Thacker, Commercial and Preservation Architect, which informed the council’s decision to demolition the derelict building in an effort to protect residents and visitors to the downtown area, as well as preserve adjacent property. The report can be accessed here.
The City of Texarkana, Texas has partially closed the 100 Block of West Broad Street to ensure public safety during the Kress demolition project. The 100 block of West Broad Street in front of the Bi-State Justice Center has been restricted to one-way traffic with the west bound lanes closed to through traffic for the duration of the project.
East bound lanes will remain open at this time. The north side of West Broad Street and the sidewalk is closed to all traffic and pedestrians from Main Street running east to mid-block.
Anyone needing to access the businesses in the 100 block of W. Broad will be able to enter and exit via Pine Street. Delivery trucks are asked not to enter this area until the road is re-opened. The north alley of this block will also be partially closed. Citizens are encouraged to reduce your speeds on adjacent streets and be aware of larger equipment and vehicles working in the area.
The contract for demolition of the Kress Building specifies work will be complete within 140 days.
For more information, contact Lisa Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-798-1743.