Scott Towers set for implosion on January 19th

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GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA —Plans are set to implode a high-rise that’s been part of Greenville’s history since 1970.

Four hundred pounds of dynamite will bring down Scott Towers. The 14 stories will fall in about 14 seconds, according to project leaders.

The last time Greenville saw an implosion was Sept. 16, 1997. In seconds, Greenville Memorial Auditorium fell to the ground. Now a building that’s stood on Augusta Street since 1970 will see the same fate. Scott Towers will come down Sunday, January 19.

“This is a good opportunity to bring that building down and to redevelop it with more modern facilities and housing,” said Deb Long, who works at the YWCA nearby.

For decades, it served low-income seniors.

“About three years ago the housing authority became aware of some very significant structural problems with the building,” Cindi Herrera, the interim executive director for the Greenville Housing Authority said.

Wednesday night, the GHA prepared the community for the implosion.

“What we want to do is reassure every one in the community of the safety plan,” Herrera said.

At 7:00 a.m. on implosion day, evacuations begin.

The housing authority says 100 people will be evacuated, including those living on the property’s Garden Apartments and nearby homes.

“It’s progress. The old Scott Tower building, it had seen its best day,” Felsie Harriss, president of Haynie-Sirrine neighborhood association said. Harriss and her fellow neighbors will have to evacuate the day of the implosion.

Steve Pettigrew of Contract Drilling and Blasting of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., explained that certain businesses and homes within about 300 to 400 feet of the building will be evacuated.

“It depends on line of sight. If some buildings are 400 feet away but they’re blocked by another building, they won’t have to evacuate,” Pettigrew said.

Surrounding buildings, within about 300 feet of the site, will also be inspected prior to and after the implosion.