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Eastland Mall demolition begins

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    DAVIE HINSHAW - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Environmental Holdings Group of Charlotte is underway with the demolition of the shuttered Eastland Mall in east Charlotte. Interior and exterior walls are coming down, and workers separated materials for recycling. About 30,000 tons of concrete and brick will be recycled on-site. About 11,000 tons of steel will also be recycled. EHG is working with local businesses to salvage as much materials from the mall as possible.
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    DAVIE HINSHAW - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Environmental Holdings Group of Charlotte holds a $871,000 contract with the city to tear down 1.2 million square feet of Eastland Mall.

After years of fruitless efforts to reinvigorate it, Eastland Mall is coming down.

Demolition crews from Environmental Holdings Group are about a week into heavy demolition, and the firm expects to be done in six months, said Victor Wilson, a manager for the company.

Working under an $871,000 contract with the city, the crews are ripping down some 1.2 million square feet of the old mall, which was one of the city’s retail jewels when it opened in 1975 until its slow demise, which ended with its closure in 2010.

The city, which bought the mall for $13.2 million, is in negotiations with Studio Charlotte, a development group that wants to put a massive movie studio, hotel, retail, office space and residential units on the site. Eric Frazier

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