Pasadena Skyline Change Ushers in a New Era
Monday, July 01, 2019
(Pasadena, Texas, July 1, 2019) – Weather permitting, the old First Pasadena State Bank building is set for implosion on July 21, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. Representatives from the community, local businesses, members of the Economic Development Corporation and elected officials will be on hand to usher in a new chapter in Pasadena’s history. Mayor Jeff Wagner and several other community leaders will make remarks to commemorate the event.
After years of neglect, the once iconic symbol of progress fell into a costly state of disrepair. Evidence of vandalism, gang activity and fires appeared regularly in rogue online footage. In addition to becoming an eyesore, the structure had also become a hazard to the community. In October of 2018, the Pasadena EDC purchased the property from the previous owner. D.H. Griffin Demolition specialists will perform the implosion.
Professional remediation crews worked for more than 6 months on asbestos abatement to ensure an environmentally safe implosion and a countdown has begun on pre-demolition work. A project management team is in the process of contacting surrounding businesses and residents in person to keep them informed. On the morning of the implosion, streets will be closed off and a safety perimeter will be set up and controlled by professional contractors, Pasadena PD and Pasadena Fire Marshals. Please go to www.pasadenaedc.com or www.pasadenatx.gov for a map.
The Pasadena Office of Emergency Management will be monitoring the event starting at 4 a.m. that morning and will remain active until the event is complete. City officials and the project management team are working with the Federal Aviation Administration to create a TFR (Technical Flight Restriction) zone, due to the popularity of amateur drone photography.
The City of Pasadena and the Pasadena EDC are coordinating updates via social media as details become available. We encourage the public to follow our Facebook accounts for the latest information: @PasadenaEDC and @pasadenatexas
A special viewing platform for official media representatives will be available, with limited space. Please be prepared to show employment credentials upon arrival.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Suzette McDowell (832)206.1131; SMcDowell@PasadenaEDC.com
Laura Branch Mireles (832)352.2804; LBMireles@PasadenaTX.gov