Preparations continue for Saturday's implosion - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Preparations continue for Saturday's implosion

Watch on television from home.  That is still the advice being given to those interested in Saturday morning's implosion of an office building at Second and Main Streets.

But there are public viewing areas for the event which will clear a big area of the site for Louisville's new arena.

If your plan is to get up at 5 a.m. and head downtown to watch a 10-second implosion, the parking garage at First and Main is where you're supposed to be.

The former Humana Riverview Square is surrounded by other big buildings and a wide area around the site will be sealed off about 6 a.m.

That means the best in-person view of the 7 a.m. implosion will be from the First and Main parking garage, which will be open to the public.

Mary Ann Wilson, a downtown employee, says, "I think it's interesting and everything.  It's here one day and gone the next.  Yeah, I'm thinking about coming down in the morning."

And Keith LaBelle of the Galt House, when asked about the view from there, said, "I think they say 10 to 12 seconds and a big cloud of smoke that will last a lot longer than that but, certainly, a great 18th floor vantage point."

Up to 50 Galt House rooms are available at discounted "implosion packages."  They include an overnight stay and an early morning implosion party in the hotel fitness club which overlooks the arena site.

Meanwhile, Dan Thompson, the Marriott Courtyard general manager, explains, "We don't really get to watch it from the front row.  The main streets out of the building will be closed."

That means the Marriott Courtyard, just across the street from the implosion, won't profit from the event.  Its Main Street rooms must be vacated and a blast curtain and semitrailers will be placed in front of the hotel to protect it from flying debris.  Management expects the hotel to be covered in dust, but no damage.

Thompson says, "They told us the vibration is less than a TARC bus driving by.  So I'm curious to see whether that's true."

While the dust from the implosion is supposed to settle in minutes, it's unclear how long it will take to clean it up.  Dan Thompson and other downtown business people hope traffic is flowing through there by late morning so guests and customers can get to where they need to go.

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