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Crews prepare to implode Greenville's Scott Towers

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The 600' safety perimeter planned for demolition day. (Source: City of Greenville) The 600' safety perimeter planned for demolition day. (Source: City of Greenville)
Scott Towers has been closed since March 2013. (Jan. 9, 2014/FOX Carolina) Scott Towers has been closed since March 2013. (Jan. 9, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Residents and community members hear plans about the demolition. (Jan. 8, 2014/FOX Carolina) Residents and community members hear plans about the demolition. (Jan. 8, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The housing authority held a meeting to talk about the demolition of Greenville's Scott Towers on Wednesday evening.

The Towers were once a living community along Augusta Road but closed in March. Reports showed the building needed more than $12 million in repairs.

Everyone at the meeting agreed it was best to tear down the Towers rather than to remodel.

The demolition date is set for Sunday, Jan. 19. During the meeting on Wednesday, the Housing Authority and Greenville Fire Department discussed safety preparations.

"Demolition contractor and the implosion contractor are extremely experienced. They've done thousands of these implosions over the years," said Cindi Herrera, of the House Authority in Greenville. "And we are very confident everything will go over smoothly and safely."

The Greenville City Fire Department will be helping with the deconstruction of Scott Towers. They said they are happy to be a part of this,  and Don Headrick with the Greenville City Fire Department said it is a rare opportunity for them to utilize a 14-story building. They will be using it as training for future emergencies.

"We're simulating a structure collapse very similar to the Oklahoma City bomb," said Don Headrick, with the Greenville City Fire Department.

The Greenville Fire Department, along with the House Authority, will mark off a 600-foot safety perimeter for the area surrounding Scott Towers, including Augusta Road, Haynie Street, Vardry Street and Howe Street.

Residents in the area will need to evacuate their homes by 7 a.m. and will be kept away until the roads and area re-opens at 11:30 a.m.

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