It's been a long time coming but the demolition of the buildings on the former Dico site in Des Moines is right on schedule. Demolition crews hired by the City and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are tackling the job at the Superfund site on two fronts.
"The City's on-site role in this demolition and cleanup really got rolling in August, and we couldn't be more pleased with the progress made," Assistant City Manager Pam Cooksey said. "As long as the weather cooperates, and barring any unforeseen challenges, we should have our portion finished in November."
The Dico Site on the southern edge of downtown has been considered a Superfund site by the EPA since 1983. After decades of challenges, the City now has ownership of the site and is focused on preparing for future development.
While the buildings will be gone, there is still important work that needs to be done. The EPA will continue work to remediate the south pond and replace the groundwater treatment system prior to potential re-development.