"ONLY ON FOX: Museum Plaza construction halts due to vibrations
Construction of the Museum Plaza project has been stopped after complaints about vibrations along historic Main Street.
New equipment will be brought in, in an effort to keep the project going without disturbing the area.
The big construction cranes that have been at the site since last fall are gone now, and work there for the time being has stopped. The site of Museum Plaza is adajacent to a number of historic buildings along Main Street, some which date back to the 1800's. There was concern that the vibrations from the construction of casons, or giant pillars -- part of the foundation -- were a danger to the older nearby buildings.
At $465 million, the Museum Plaza development is one of the largest projects in the city's history. When completed, it will be the tallest building in the state at 62 stories. Plans call for a museum, hotel, condos, and offices. Some the merchants along that part of West Main Street tell Fox 41's Bill Francis that there was some serious shaking going on for several days, and they are glad now that it's stopped.
Developer Craig Greenberg calls this a minor setback, and says the delay may even allow the developers to purchase some building materials at a cheaper price. He says its too early to say if the delay will affect the expected completion date, of late 2010."