EDMOND — The old administration building in downtown Edmond will start to come down this week.
Midwest Wrecking Co. will start tearing down the building at 100 First St. at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Littler Avenue from First to Second streets and the alley just off Littler that runs east and west behind the old administration building and FedEx Kinko's will be closed during the demolition.
Midwest Wrecking officials said those streets will be closed only during the time of active demolition and reopened at the end of the day.
City officials said parking around that area will not be available until the demolition is complete. It is estimated the demolition will take two weeks.
The demolition is necessary to make room on the southeast corner of the intersection to build a 70,000-square-foot public safety center to house police headquarters, 911 communications and emergency operations.
Voters approved a half-cent sales tax for five years to pay for the public safety center project, which includes the main downtown building and a 15,000-square-foot building near 33rd Street and Broadway, plus all the furnishings and equipment for both.
Architects estimate the cost for the entire project is $33.9 million.
People can view the demolition and construction processes by watching live streaming video at www.edmondok.com/psclive.