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Senate Plaza implosion slated for Saturday morning

The long-awaited implosion of the vacant six-story Senate Plaza office building off Erford Road is scheduled for Saturday morning, according to East Pennsboro Township, where the building is located.

Last summer, Lower Paxton Township-based Triple Crown Corp. and partner J.C. Bar Properties Inc. bought the bank-owned property to make room for new retail and hospitality development.

The developers are planning for a Sheetz, fast-food and casual sit-down restaurants, a hotel and a five-story apartment building. The plan also calls for about 23,000 square feet of additional commercial space. Construction is slated to begin later this year with businesses expected to be operational by mid-2018.

The 230,000-square-foot Senate Plaza building was the longtime home of Pennsylvania Blue Shield, which later became Highmark Inc. The heath insurer left the building in 2013 as it was looking to cut real estate costs and consolidate local operations.

Highmark’s departure sent the building into default.

According to a public notice, the Senate Avenue building will be imploded at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The general public can watch the work from a viewing area at the intersection of Poplar Church Road and Erford Road at the Chapel Hill United Church of Christ.

There will be a 600-foot safety zone established around the building. Detour routes will start at 6:30 a.m. until the scene is declared safe, according to the township.

The demolition contractor is MECO Demolition Inc. The blasting contractor is Pettigrew Inc.

Safety zone surrounding Senate Plaza implosion site by CPBJ on Scribd

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