Tallest building in Flint demolished - WNEM TV 5

Tallest building in Flint demolished

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Genesee Towers when it was still in once piece. Genesee Towers when it was still in once piece.
The building mid-collapse on Sunday morning. The building mid-collapse on Sunday morning.

The 19-story Genesee Towers has been brought down by a team of demolition experts. 

The plan was for the building to collapse within its own footprint and all evidence suggests the structure did just that.

Uptown Reinvestment Corp. bought the downtown structure from the city for $1. Plans are to transform the site into Exploration Park, a family-friendly plaza with a science theme. It's part of a larger downtown redevelopment effort.

Ahead of the implosion, streets surrounding the building were closed off and the area had a high police presence.

For those of you worried about how that could impact the downtown area, TV5 heard from the man responsible for the implosion.

Contract Drilling and Blasting's Steve Pettigrew has dropped buildings all over the world. He's responsible for imploding the Genesee Towers building in downtown flint.

"The movement will start and it will epsilon," explains Pettigrew. "It will go in an epsilon wave to the north and to the west and bring obviously the west alley wall away from Mott building and also the First Street wall, exterior wall, into the middle."

There's only 30 feet between the Genesee Towers and its closest building.

Pettigrew says 1,100 holes were drilled into the building to aid in the collapse.  Around 1,000 pounds of explosives will be used. Pettigrew says with a job like this, the first thing you do is look at the neighboring buildings.

"You plan everything around it and then you go around your perimeter," he explained. "You identify it to see that there's enough room obviously to put the building."

If you missed the live implosion, you can watch it RAW via our video player above.

Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation).  The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.


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