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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Demolition of Hannibal Motor Inn begins

  • With the Department of Natural Resource’s blessing, Bricker Excavating/Demolition began its work at the site of the former Hannibal Motor Inn on Monday.
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  • With the Department of Natural Resource’s blessing, Bricker Excavating/Demolition began its work at the site of the former Hannibal Motor Inn on Monday.
    “We’re currently starting with the abatement of the hazardous materials,” said Ron Bricker, project coordinator with Bricker Excavating/Demolition. “We’ve just got to go through and make sure everything is ‘clean’ before we start tearing it down.”
    Not every piece of hazardous material being found at the site is asbestos.
    “We’ve had the police out here to clean up some stuff left behind. We found a lot of residual materials from dope, smoking stuff, needles,” said Bricker. “We have to be careful with the oddball stuff, the needles and other paraphernalia we find.
    “I’ve got a lot of folks out here. You’ve got to be very careful with them not getting stuck. If they find something (drug-related) I tell them to leave it alone and we’ll have the police come out and pick it up. I’d much rather do that and be safe than have somebody injured on the site.”
    Hannibal police have also been called to the site on occasion after thieves pillaged the property, taking about anything of value.
    “They were stripping out all the copper, wiring, TVs, and mattresses, stuff like that,” said Bricker. “We’ve put some fencing up. We’re going to have the entire property fenced off. A fence is only good to keep honest people out.”
    The actual demolition should not be a headache, according to Bricker.
    “It will be very straightforward. Basically it’s just knock it down and haul it off. I don’t see any major challenges at this time,” he said. “We’ll be starting in the back, taking out the back buildings first, and working our way towards the front.”
    All remnants of the former Motor Inn will be removed.
    “All the asphalt and cement has to leave. It has to be a ‘slick’ lot for the new construction,” said Bricker.
    Once Bricker Excavating/Demolition is finished with its part of the project the site will be turned over to Wright Construction from the St. Louis area.
    “I don’t know how long it will take for the CVS building to be put up, but they’re rather fast with doing that,” said Bricker. “It’s all going to be a brand new project when it’s done and a nice asset to the city of Hannibal.”
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