Demolition begins at Columbine Square

Columbine Square Demolition

Columbine Square5151 S. Federal Blvd., Littleton, CO 80123

On Wednesday, February 14, crews began the demolition of a structure at Columbine Square shopping center. The building was declared a total loss at the beginning of 2018 following a fully involved structure fire.

Timeline of events:

02/13/2018: The demolition contractor received clearance from the state and has obtained a demo permit from the City of Littleton for four of the eight buildings. The remaining buildings are still awaiting asbestos testing and approval from the state. Demolition is scheduled to begin on 2/14/2018. Crews will typically be onsite Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. until the demolition of the four buildings is complete. The access point for trucks and equipment is the south side along Federal. The contractor has been made aware of permissible truck routes and the demo should not affect interior residential areas.

02/01/2018: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment spoke with the asbestos consulting firm, Advanced Environmental Consulting (AEC) on January 29, reporting that several of the samples collected during the site inspection came back containing asbestos. The inspector from AEC will revisit the site to determine the amount of asbestos-containing material (ACM) remaining and the locations. Any remaining friable ACM or ACM that will be rendered friable during demolition will need to be abated by a general abatement contractor prior to the approval of the demolition application.

01/17/18: Code Enforcement inspected the perimeter fence and the fence is secure but the screening is loose or ripped. Columbine Square will be required to remove or repair the screening material.

01/09/18: Asbestos tests on fire debris came back positive.

01/08/18: Code Enforcement posted the perimeter fence for the dangerous buildings and gave notice to demolish the structures.

01/03/18: Advanced Environmental Consulting on-site taking samples of fire debris for asbestos testing.

01/03/18: Investigation complete, building turned over to managers/owners representative.

01/03/18: Fire under control.

01/03/18: Medic 13 discovers structure fire while returning to Station 13 from Swedish Medical Center.

Fire Cause Determination: Human Caused, no active utilities (electric & gas) on site, evidence of people occupying surrounding buildings including clothing, food containers, fuel cans and sterno cans.

The contractor has stated the state inspector will be on site sometime in January to ensure the asbestos abatement has occurred. Once the state has issued their demo permit, the contractor can apply to obtain the City of Littleton demo permit. We expect permit applications within the next few weeks.

For additional questions contact the City of Littleton Director of Communications Kelli Narde at 303-808-3107.