In about 15 minutes, the Ka-boom returns to Boom Town.
At 2 p.m., the first controlled explosion at the high-rise construction site at Third and Tryon is scheduled to take place. The site is the future home of a 25-story tower, scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.
Crews have been moving dirt for weeks. But now comes the hard part – getting rid of some of the rock on which Uptown was built.
Merchants in the area have been warned of impending explosions. According to a notice sent out to uptown businesses by developer Childress Klein, the explosions will take place in the morning and afternoon and will last for several weeks.
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In its notice, the company apologized for any inconveniences and asked those with questions or concerns to call (704) 343-4382.
The last series of construction-site explosions rattled Uptown in 2006, when work began on what it is now the Duke Energy Center. More than 600,000 pounds of explosives were used during excavation. On at least one occasion, chunks of rocks were sent flying over Church Streets, and nearby buildings suffered damage from the weeks of tremors.
The new construction site borders Latta Arcade, one of the oldest remaining sets of buildings in the city.