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Demolition at Imperial Sugar Mill – Photos

December 21, 2010

Yesterday, I posted a video of the partial demolition at the old Imperial Sugar mill property here in Sugar Land, Texas. Here’s a series of photos from the event. (Click on any image to view more detail.)

For those of you just tuning in, click here to view my previous posts about this historic property.

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

The blasting began at 7 A.M. sharp

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

Flying debris is visible in this view.

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

The second building slated for demolition is already tilting due to preparatory demolition work.

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

Note the increased tilt after the blasting took place. The building stayed like this for some 20 minutes before unexpectedly tipping over.

Imperial Sugar mill demolition

The bin building finally, albeit unexpectedly, crashes to the ground.

Here’s some background on the project, from The Houston Chronicle:

The first step in redeveloping the site of the old Imperial Sugar refinery will happen this weekend with the implosion of two metal buildings.

While the historic char house will remain in tact, the furnace house and bin building will be removed to make way for a mix of retail, commercial, hospitality, restaurants, office and urban residential structures.

The project is part of a 700-acre planned community called Imperial.

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