Old Walter Piano building demolished

Demolition work continued over in Elkhart Friday as crews finished tearing down the majority of a massive, old industrial building.

That's according to our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.

Workers used a large excavator with a specially designed tip on the end of its arm to pick apart the former Walter Piano building on Beardsley Avenue.

It was originally built in 1889 and has been home to an auto manufacturing facility, a discount store and a piano maker over the years. But it has been vacant since 1995.

The city of Elkhart acquired the building last year and decided to tear it down due to safety concerns.

Today, crew members gathered at the base of the building armed with hoses to spray the dust and debris as it fell from the tallest portion of the structure.

The landscape of the site was expected to be flattened by the end of the work day Friday.

Following the demolition work, which is targeted to be complete by early April, the soil will be tested for possible environmental hazards.

There could be a greenfield site on the 3.2 acre property by summer as the city works to find a new owner and use for the land.

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