The demolition contractor, Colorado Cleanup Corporation, together with Controlled Demolition, Inc., the implosion subcontractor of Phoenix, Maryland, will demolish the structure this morning to an elevation deemed safe for the former “to access the debris for secondary demolition and processing,” according to the official demolition notice.
Preparations were made, including wrapping the building in a special fabric, in order to lessen the amount of dust and debris that could find its way into surrounding buildings or Clear Creek. The controlled implosion will effectively bring down most of the structure. And at a later date, a small section of garage that is attached to the casino will be manually demolished by crews, according to the news agency.
The demolition is part of a $295 million project by the owner of the Colorado casino, Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc., that includes a new 1,350-space parking garage, which was completed last month, as well as a 23-story hotel tower featuring approximately 500 rooms. In April 2012, the Reno-based Monarch purchased the company behind the former Riviera Black Hawk Casino for $76 million and at that time renamed the venue. The company expects the demolition and removal of the old parking structure to be completed by early 2017, according to previous reports.
In a statement last month, Monarch, which also operates the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Nevada, said that the casino space at the new venue will be doubled and in addition to the new hotel and parking structure will see the addition of an upscale spa and pool facility, four restaurants, and more bars.
Temporary road closures due to the implosion in Black Hawk include Main Street, which was closed at 4am this morning and at 7:30am, Highway 119 north closes through Black Hawk; and at 8:15 am, Highway 119 south closes in the demolition area. According to the news agency, by approximately 8:45am crews plan to reopen roads when they determine that the area is safe. At 9:30am, the casino and deli area will be reopened, with the new parking garage following suit at 11am.