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What's Next for the Scott Towers Implosion Site

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Rubble left from Scott Towers Implosion Rubble left from Scott Towers Implosion
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. - Contractors tell 7 On Your Side the Scott Towers implosion went perfectly and now the clean up begins.

After the dust settle Sunday, onlookers could see a pile of cement and debris that stretched stories high.

The cement towers are now sitting on top of each other and contractors said it makes for an easier clean up.

The Neo Corporation tells 7 On Your Side the towers fell just as planned. In the video you can see the tall cement buildings "folding" on top of each other.

Contractors said staircases and hallways also caved in perfectly.

Within minutes crews were able begin sweeping and cleaning roads. That meant neighbors were able to get back into their homes quickly.

To hear more neighbors pointed us in the direction of Sheree Glenn's home.

Glenn has lived in the neighborhood for several years and was excited to see the Towers torn down and new housing come closer to being added.

Glenn did have some concerns surrounding the implosion.

"I thought I was going to come and my house was going to me smothered with dust but it wasn't," said Glenn.

Glenn went to breakfast that morning with her son Joseph.

She said her neighbors didn't report any problems or delays to her.

7 On Your Side did speak to one man who said he did have some damage inside.

Contractors told us that inspectors would be out in the next few days to survey the surrounding area and looking for damage.

Much of the plastic wrap that was wrapped around homes closely was taken down.

The site was attracting a lot of attention Sunday afternoon as people came to the site to take pictures.

First responders will be visiting the site and conducting search and rescue drills to sharpen their skills. Crews from all over the state will come to train and use the rubble as an obstacle.

"I'm sure it'll be a lot of noise but we been having noise with building houses down the street so were used to it," said Glenn.

After the training is finished constructors tell us the clean-up will begin. Officials said there is a 10 week time limit to get the sire cleaned up to make room for a future housing development.

Contractors said all of the debris will be recycled including all of the cement.

We spoke with the only surviving member of the original Greenville Housing Authority. Theo Mitchell said he's worried former tower residents will be homeless.

"Many of them still haven't found a place where they'd like to dwell," he said. I'm just wondering if they're going to be affordable to the people who used to live in Scott Towers," said Mitchell.

We are told there will be about 350 new units in the redevelopment. Officials said 60 percent of those will be affordable, low-income, subsidized housing.

The Housing Authority estimates 150 units will be for senior citizens and the remaining units for families.

The sit is about 5 years from completion. Preliminary work is set to begin in 2015 depending on financing from private and public funds.


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