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Crews Ready For Dallas Church Building Implosion

By Selena Hernandez, CBS 11 News
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The First Baptist Church buildings highlighted in yellow are scheduled to be imploded on October 30, 2010 in downtown Dallas. (credit: First Baptist Church)

The First Baptist Church buildings highlighted in yellow are scheduled to be imploded on October 30, 2010 in downtown Dallas. (credit: First Baptist Church)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If you hear dynamite exploding in downtown Dallas on Saturday morning, do not be alarmed.

There is a building implosion scheduled for this weekend, part of a multimillion dollar expansion project for First Baptist Church. Final preparations for the implosion are now underway, as crews get ready to bring down a historic building and alter the downtown landscape.

First Baptist Church has been a staple in the Dallas community for the past 120 years. Workers have spent the past few weeks canvassing every corner of the building to get ready for the monumental implosion.

Six buildings that comprise the church campus will all come down in a cloud of dust on Saturday. This will make way for a modern, state-of-the-art facility. Designers of the new building are being cautious, making sure to keep integrity of the 1890 landmark sanctuary.

The $115 million project has been in the works for two years, as members of the congregation raised funds to build the new 3,000-seat worship center, a fountain plaza, additional parking areas and a sky-bridge to connect buildings across St. Paul Street. The new facility is scheduled to open on Easter Sunday in 2013.

The 8:00 a.m. implosion is expected to stir up several inches of dust. As a precaution, police in Dallas plan to close a few downtown streets on Saturday morning. Check our Traffic Section for any possible delays that may result.

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