Church Implosion Not Sitting Well With Some Neighbors

Some downtown workers say they were never notified about an implosion at an area church this weekend.

Andrea Harmon, a hair stylist who works just two blocks away, said she is concerned about what will happen when four buildings at First Baptist Dallas go out with a bang Saturday morning.

"I live on the 20th floor, and we have windows up there, and we don't know if we should have our windows open or closed or our vents," she said.

Residents near the church were asked to stay indoors during the implosion and up to several hours afterward because of lingering dust.

Harmon, who lives and works at Style Lab Salon in the Mosaic building, said she wasn't notified about any safety precautions to take during the implosion.

"They did not notify the neighborhood," she said. "I don't know who is saying they notified the neighborhood. I'd like to see the notification."

Manhattan Construction Co. project manager Bruce Fields said businesses and residents outside of a certain perimeter around the church did not need to be notified about precautions because they would not be affected by the implosion or dust from the collapse.

But Harmon said it would have nice to have been notified so she could plan ahead. She will close her salon Saturday as a precaution and rescheduled customers who had appointments that day.

"It's just easy for them to have notified people, and they could have done it," she said.

First Baptist, Dallas' oldest church, is undergoing a $115 million renovation. The project includes a 3,000-seat worship center, a sky bridge and additional parking and is expected t obe completed in 2013.

North Ervay, South St. Paul, Federal and San Jacinto streets will shut down near the church at 7 a.m. The implolsion is scheduled for 8:15 a.m.

The streets are expected to reopen later Saturday morning.

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