News Briefs: Midtown building implosion; Coro buys parking garages; $100k raised for Fox Theatre Institute

The former headquarters building of the Arthritis Foundation will be imploded on Oct. 5. (Courtesy Google Maps)

Midtown residents should prepare for a big boom on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 a.m. as the former Arthritis Foundation headquarters at 1330 West Peachtree Street is imploded to make way for the Midtown Union development. MARTA will suspend will suspend rail service on the Gold Line between Lindbergh and Midtown Stations and reroute four Midtown bus lines Saturday morning as the five-story building comes down. Follow @MARTASERVICE on Twitter for service updates and visit for complete rail and bus schedules.

Coro Realty has acquired two parking garages connected to Underground Atlanta.  According to a media release, the decks on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive are also across the street from numerous government office buildings, including the Fulton County courthouse and the Georgia State Capitol complex. The parking decks are within walking distance of billions of dollars of planned development, including the redevelopment of Underground Atlanta, South Downtown and the Gulch project. Coro intends to invest roughly $1 million in the garages, making improvements to the stairs, elevators, lighting, signage and parking equipment.

The recent “Revival” concert to benefit the Fox Theatre Institute raised more than $100,000, according to officials. This festive fundraiser, hosted by Kevn Kinney, included a memorable reunion of R.E.M. members Bill Berry, Mike Mills and Peter Buck and sets by Drive-By Truckers, Drivin N Cryin, Dodd & The Councilmen and Michelle Malone.

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  1. Implosions are actually illegal. They violate the Federal NESHAP regulations on “fugitive particulates” aka “dust”. The dust cloud is mainly respirable silica which causes cancer if it’s inhaled. Anybody that has to work that day and could be exposed to the dust cloud has to have OSHA approved respirable silica training and fitted for a respirator. Probably just as bad is that when the explosives detonate they produce a massive amount of carcinogens. On an implosion project in Canada 400 kgs of dynamite contaminated 4,000 tons of debris, the site, the areas adjacent to the site, the lake next to the site and and a canal downriver. You can read about it here…

    The decontamination of the site is going to cost over $12 million.

    On an implosion project at the University of Virginia the dust got into an adjacent stream and killed all the fish.

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