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SouthTown Star: The bank job: Southland Landmark Being Razed

December 23, 2009

A Southland landmark, the six-story Standard Bank and Trust Co.
building in Evergreen Park, is being demolished to make way for a new
bank building. Standard Bank has been in the building at the northwest
corner of 95th Street and Western Avenue since 1970. In preparation
for the demolition, the bank’s employees were moved into a temporary
office on the site in early fall. A new one-level branch, which
Standard said will incorporate many energy-saving “green” features, is
expected to be finished by late spring or early summer.

Concrete from the old 77-foot-high structure is being crushed at the
site and will be reused as fill, while steel and other scrap metals
will be recycled, according to Bert Brewer, with Environmental
Cleansing Corp. The Markham company is doing the demolition of the
building. The company is using a backhoe with an 85-foot reach to take
down the structure, said Brewer, an estimator and project manager with
the firm.

With Crews operating heavy equipment and busting up chuncks of
concrete just a few feet from the busy intersection, the work must be
done with a degree of delicacy, he said. “We are always looking over
our shoulder,” Brewer said. “As we get closer to the street, some
additional precautions will be taken.”