Crews from Zovich and Sons began the demolition of the rear portion of the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Danville as Phase 1 of the multi-million dollar project gets underway. Officials held a ground breaking ceremony July 2, but Thursday saw the project getting going as construction machinery tore through the existing building, bringing down the majority of the structure to be replaced.
The front portion of the building at 400 Hartz Ave. will be preserved and renovated, while the rear will be rebuilt as a state of the art facility with space for the veterans, seniors and community groups that have called the Veterans Building home.
The project, expected to cost $7.7 million, will double the existing capacity of the building, as well as creating individual spaces for the veterans and senior programs and expanding the central community hall used by both groups and rented out by the Town for weddings and other events. The work is the result of over a year of planning by a committee made up of those groups who use the space.
Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.