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Demolition begins on Blue Springs water tower

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Some Blue Springs residents are sad to see the staple disappear from the skyline. It has been a directional marker for many in town. Some Blue Springs residents are sad to see the staple disappear from the skyline. It has been a directional marker for many in town.
The Blue Springs downtown water tower is deconstructed. (Courtesy: City of Blue Springs) The Blue Springs downtown water tower is deconstructed. (Courtesy: City of Blue Springs)
The Blue Springs downtown water tower is deconstructed. (Courtesy: City of Blue Springs) The Blue Springs downtown water tower is deconstructed. (Courtesy: City of Blue Springs)
BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -

Friday was demolition day for a downtown Blue Springs water tower.

There weren't any big booms or explosions to take down the 300,000-gallon water tower. Instead, it was torn down piece-by-piece beginning Friday morning.

The pieces are heavy, ranging from 2,000 to 9,000 pounds. During the demolition, a large crane lifted them from high above down to the ground.

"It is going to be a big deal. I think there are going to be a lot of people out watching," said Cindy Miller, president of Blue Springs Downtown Alive, said earlier in the week.

Iseler Demolition Inc., a company that specializes in water tower demolition, got to work Friday morning. They've deconstructed hundreds of water towers around the country. Click here and here to see a timelapse of a similar demolition.

"Some people bring in a huge crane and pickup the whole tank in one section. We don't do that. We simply piece it out basically the opposite way it was put together," said Douglas Iseler, owner of Iseler Demolition Inc.

Some Blue Springs residents are sad to see the staple disappear from the skyline. It has been a directional marker for many in town.

"I know it has been here for a very long time. There are a lot of people who are really enthusiastic about the water tower," Miller said.

The tower came down to make room for renovations to the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building that will hold the police department.

Voters approved a half-cent sales tax to fund the $22 million expansion.

"For downtown, a lot of the merchants and citizens around the community want to see the water tower stay. It is always hard when there is change but you have to look at the side of progress. We are really excited to have the public safety building stay within our downtown district," Miller said.

It was expected to take about 30-40 swipes with a crane to peel back the pieces to remove the tower that filled the landscape for decades.

During the construction Southwest 11th Street was closed near Southwest Walnut Street. Several sidewalks and parking lots in the area were also closed off.

While construction is underway, the police department will operate from inside City Hall.

The municipal court and city council and planning commission meetings will be moved to 1304 W. Main St. at the municipal annex.

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