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Demolition Begins on Old River's Edge Building

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SALISBURY, Md. - Demolition began Tuesday on the unfinished River's Edge Apartment building on Fitzwater Street in Salisbury.  Crews on scene said the demolition could take about 30 days to complete.

As the bricks and steel began to fall, a few bystanders gathered to watch the demolition.  One of the was Jack Bruns of Salisbury who said watching the building come down was bittersweet.

"My wife was the sales agent for the company that started it.  She was on the ground floor, getting all the promotional stuff done for it.  And then they just all of the sudden closed the project down, I guess around '08."

The building has sat unused since the project halted.  However, with plans now in place for the new Rivers Edge Apartment and Studio for the Arts, the old building needs to come down.  For some in the surrounding neighborhood, it's the start of something new.

"It gives a ray of hope.  And as well, you can say I think there might be a job across the street for me," said Vance Banks of Salisbury.

And for Bruns, who said he was a struggling trumpet player, he is excited to close an old chapter of his life and start a new one.

"My hope is that it turns into a village of people like myself, maybe elderly, you know, who are looking for, no gigs per say, but other people who enjoy music, arts and stuff like that.  And Salisbury needs it," said Bruns.

The project has a price tag of about 11.5 million dollars.  The developer said the new complex should be opening its door in the fall of this year.



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