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Newcomb Hotel demolition proves troubling for nearby businesses, drivers

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Demolition crews continued work Monday on a Quincy landmark ravaged by fire last Friday

The city wants to remove the unsafe upper levels before anyone gets hurt. But, downtown businesses hope the work is wrapped up soon. 

Crews started around 6:30 a.m.

"Yesterday we encountered a few hiccups, a few technical difficulties and a late start in getting some utilities removed before we could begin, but today has been pretty seamless," Quincy City Building Inspector Michael Seaver said.

Seaver says at this point they're not intending to take the entire structure down.

"We're just trying to bring it down to a level that doesn't pose a hazard of falling material," Seaver said.

That could mean demolishing the structure down to a one-story level.

"If we're confident that achieves that level of safety then we'll probably erect a more permanent fence around the site and begin planning for phase two, which will be removal of the materials."

While city crews continue to work, driving in the downtown area has been a challenge. Fourth Street has been blocked off since Friday night. Maine street is also blocked off from 3rd to 5th, slowing business for those along those blocks.

"Nobody knows that they can park there because of the barricades out front, " Washington Perk owner Kim Pickle said.

Pickle says she wasn't able to open on Saturday because of the road closures and today, business isn't what it usually is for a Monday.

"As far as my normal business on Monday, this is way, way slow compared to normal."

City crews hoped to have 4th Street open soon, but that's still in question as crews continue to work. As far as Maine Street goes, crews say that may stay closed a little longer because of the stop lights that had to be taken out on Saturday.

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