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Homeowners Prepare To Evacuate For Scott Towers Implosion

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Homeowners prepare to evacuate before Scott Tower demolition. Homeowners prepare to evacuate before Scott Tower demolition.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -  Sunday morning Scott Towers will be reduced to a pile of rubble.

As crews begin the final countdown, people living within the danger zone are making plans of their own. Residents of the Chicora Crest neighborhood must be out of their homes by 7 am Sunday morning.

The five homes closest the implosion site will be completely wrapped in thick plastic. It is a way to protect the homes from the dust that will spread as Scott Towers will fall.

7 On Your Side’s Addie Hampton spoke to several homeowners, Thursday, who said they are prepared for the big day.

One is particularly ready for some peace and quiet.

"Hearing the noise back there kind of scared me in the morning time, like it was going to fall before time," said homeowner, Katherine Kymer.

Scott Towers sits a few hundred feet from her back door and preparations for Sunday’s implosion have taken their toll.

"[They start] bright and early in the morning about 6 o'clock. Yeah. They start very early. [So, I’m ready for it to be] over and done with," she said.

In about 18 seconds on Sunday morning she'll get her wish, at least temporarily. The 14 story icon will be reduced to a 20 foot pile of debris according to implosion contractor, Neo Corporation. It's making way for an affordable housing redevelopment.

"That was one of our concerns that it wouldn't just turn into a luxury condo place or something, so there will be affordable housing and maybe some people can come back to the neighborhood," said resident Nancy Malone.

Malone and her husband work for the Greenville branch of “Homes for Hope,” creating sustainable communities for low income families. They moved in next door to Scott Towers 5 years ago to help the neighborhood grow. She, too, will be evacuating her home along with neighbors.

"There's a bunch of us that are going to meet for breakfast at Tommy's Ham House and then we're going to come over to Dunbar street, to where the center is and we're going to stand there to watch it," said Malone.

One thing there seems to be little of along this street is fear.

"I've just kinda put it in the lord's hands, you know," said Kymer.

"We're confident that it will go very smoothly and we'll be back in our home at noon," added Malone.

Residents will be able to return to their homes by 11:30 Sunday and have been assured by Neo Corporation that any residual dust will be power washed. They have also been compensated for the inconvenience.

The 18 second implosion starts at 9:30 am. If you want to watch in-person, the city will set up a viewing area on Dunbar Street near Greenville High School.

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