Tallcorn renovation on track

The Tallcorn Towers construction is beginning to pick up steam.

As the contractor in charge of asbestos abatement continues that effort, hard construction is now underway. The general contractor, Frerichs Construction, out of St. Paul, Minn., has begun demolition on the building’s interior.

“They take out the carpet, the old cupboards, some of the old walls,” said Cynthia Lee, associate vice president of housing development for CommonBond, the developer on the Tallcorn project.

Since the asbestos abatement, which began in early February, is handled floor by floor, demolition could not begin until that effort was far enough along. Frerichs has been moving the renovation forward with demolition efforts for the past week or two, Lee said.

Next week, they will begin replacing the roof toward the back of the building near the ballroom.

Lee said there have been no surprises to this point in the construction. The project is still running on schedule and on budget, she said.

The renovation will alter the 64 apartments in the Tallcorn into 49 one-and-two-bedroom apartments for low-income families.

Completion is still slated for January 2014, and those involved plan on having a grand opening ceremony once the certificate of occupancy has been issued. Officials previously said the cost is just over $10 million.

Michelle Spohnheimer, Housing and Community Development director, said the city is still looking for citizens to share their experiences at the Tallcorn with the Housing Department. City officials hope to be able to share the stories as a historical narrative at the grand opening. To share your story with the city, call 641-754-5756.