By Eric Quinones
It looms over south campus, its windows and walls gaping open, its drywall removed and steel supports exposed.
A major project that should already have commenced, the final demolition of 1515 Flagler Dr. is now on hold. The huge condo, located just south of the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus, was supposed to have come down by Oct. 25. Now, the project could eventually end up being delayed until 2010.
It could also become the main focus of an episode of a television show on The Learning Channel.
The show, which carries a proposed title of “The Imploders,” is set to run as a six-part series and is the brainchild of demolition company Advanced Explosives Demolition Inc. Each episode will be an hour long and show different structures like 1515 Flagler coming down. Three of the six episodes have already been filmed. The show premieres on Dec. 17.
Will the City of West Palm Beach have a problem with this going on?
“I understand that The Learning Channel is in conversations with the developer and the demolition contractor about filming the implosion of the building for a television series,” said Peter Robbins, public information officer with the City of West Palm Beach. “The city is not a part of those negotiations. We will support whatever method of demolition the developer chooses and our only goal remains a safe demolition.”
However, the primary problem of insurance still remains, harrying progress of the demolition.