Andy Ethridge of ALA-GA Roll Off Container, Inc. has been staging containers and equipment to use while demolishing the three buildings next to the First Baptist Church lot in downtown Roanoke.
The city of Roanoke awarded the bid for the removal of the businesses to him. Two of the buildings seem to be hanging on by threads.
His company placed protective boards on the new sidewalks Tuesday, but the water had to be disconnected before work could start.
He said he meant to start Tuesday but hopes to get underway Wednesday, as soon as the water meters are moved.
The landfill is open on Wednesdays and Fridays, and he hopes to load trucks and dump them there those days.
Other downtown news
Utility poles downtown have been removed and most of the antique style lighting fixtures have been installed.
Martin Theatre news
The Rotary Club has obtained the services of a structural engineer from Auburn to to work with them on installing steel trusses to support the walls of the old Martin Theatre downtown before work begins inside, Rotary President Clay Tinney said. This is a safety precaution,
They are waiting on the engineer to complete drawings. They have one estimate on re-lighting the sign; another one was too much and they will get other estimates, he said.
They are looking for the old marquee to put back on the front of the building they now own but it may be cost prohibitive, he said.
To raise the necessary funds a pancake breakfast is planned for Saturday, Oct. 13, to help raise funds for Rotary projects like this one. Other projects include scholarships, maintenance on Kids Town and bicycles for kids at Christmas.
The breakfast will be from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church McDonald Life Center. Included in the $5 plates are pancakes, sausage and coffee. You can eat in or take out.