Demolition Begins on Sycamore Building in Downtown Evansville

It won't take crews long to bring the Sycamore down. Interior demolition began in August, and with heavy machinery, the exterior demo will wrap up quickly, but crews will be at the site for weeks clearing away debris.

Posted: Sep 22, 2021 11:57 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2021 7:29 AM

It was quite the sight in Downtown Evansville Wednesday as demolition crews got to work tearing down the old Sycamore building.

It's the first phase in one of the city's most anticipated redevelopment projects and despite the noise and mess, many are thrilled for the change.

"We're very excited to see what's coming next, just like everyone else," said Andrew West, marketing director for Bargetown Market.

The convenience store, which opened late last year, sits just across the street and West said he and his business partner chose the location because they knew the project would draw in customers, and that's exactly what's already happening.

"We actually started doing breakfast yesterday because we know the construction workers are down here early, nowhere is open yet," West said. "It's been wild, I mean we sold out of the biscuits and gravy first thing this morning, almost all the breakfast sandwiches so it's going to be a lot of extra work but we're really excited about it."

It won't take crews long to bring the Sycamore down. Interior demolition began in August, and with heavy machinery, the exterior demo will wrap up quickly, but crews will be at the site for weeks clearing away debris.

Once they're done, it' on to Phase 2, with work turning to the 18-story tower right next door. 420 Main, the tallest building in a 120-mile radius, will also be coming down, which some feel has been a long time coming.

"It's been an eyesore," Andrew Banister said. "It's just sitting so if they can build something that can be used, then build it instead of something just sitting."

The implosion date is set for November 21, a date announced by Mayor Lloyd Winnecke back in August, though an exact time has yet to be known.

It's a much-anticipated event that's been in talks for months and Banister said it's one he's eager to see.

"I'll be around somewhere," he said. "I want to see it because you know all the businesses are close by. Hopefully, these older buildings can handle it."

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