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Community invited to photograph Mt. Pleasant Center before demolition project finishes

The remaining city-owned property at the Mt. Pleasant Center will be demolished by the end of the month.

Before the demolition project is complete, the city is inviting residents to take photographs of the exterior of the remaining buildings from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20.

Because of psychical and environmental hazards, residents will not be allowed inside the buildings.

Attendees will be required to use the West Pickard Road entrance to the property and sign in and out of the site.

The center property initially consisted of 21 buildings (two buildings have since been demolished) totaling more than 500,000 square feet of space, connected by a road network, tunnel system and central power plant.

According to the city, a 2009 appraisal of the property concluded that existing facilities, at that time, ranged in conditions  from average to poor. Many required immediate demolition. The appraisal also noted the overall design, construction and layout of the existing improvements are institutional and not conducive to re-use or redevelop without significant costs.

Four of the 17 remaining structures are in the process of being demolished. Demolition of the final 13 structures are scheduled for later this month.