This Thursday the St.Petersburg City Council will vote on a $3.1 million demolition contract. If approved, the inverted pyramid pier could be dismantled soon. Already issued, is a city demolition permit for the pyramid, since the structure does not touch water. However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requires a permit to demolish the rest of the St.Petersburg Municipal Pier. Federal requirements include cultural mitigation.
The bridge and deck of the pier were part of a 1926 Million Dollar Pier, making them eligible for inclusion in the National Historic Registry. City, State and Federal agencies together understand a draft memorandum calls for historic markers on the new St.Pete Pier, preservation of some artifacts, and documentation of the current pier.
According to St.Petersburg Preservation president Emily Elwyn, very detailed drawings can be done so that researchers in the future can go back and look at the pier to see how it was designed. Also included will be documentation on the work of inverted pyramid architect William Harvard and other local architects.
The entire demolition is supposed to take 180 days with much of the concrete rubble used to shore up seawalls at nearby Albert Whitted Airport.
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