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Flint landmark to be imploded this weekend

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The Genesee Towers implosion is set to take place this weekend and that will mean some big closures.

Roads and businesses from Beach to Chavez streets and from Third street to the river front will be closed for the big day, and for some folks the end of the towers represents the end of an era.

Genesee Towers has been a part of Flint since the 1960's. Some people have mixed emotions about the building being torn down.

But while they are having a hard time letting go of the city's past.

Mary Lou Johnson has lived in Flint more than 70 years.

She's seen the city go through many changes and is a bit unsure about the upcoming change to the downtown skyline, with the implosion of Genesee Towers this Sunday.

"I can still remember when it was brand new, it's a sad time I guess," says Johnson.

Patti Bergstrom is also from Flint. She notes that while Genesee Towers has been part of Flint since the 60's, the building has been empty for years. She sees its demolition as a positive for the city.

"I was here in the 60's too. Time to move on, a lot more enjoyable."

Bergstrom manages Blackstones Bar and Grill, which is located right in front of Genesee Towers. Workers have been preparing for demolition day and she says they are ready.

The 19 story building is set to come down at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. You can see the implosion live on wnem.com.

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