Demolitions at Eastland Center, GM Warren Transmission Plant, downtown Birmingham make way for new projects

“They were just simple single-story buildings and they are taking the footings out today,” Saroki told me Monday. Site excavation should begin the week of May 9. Rochester Hills-based Adams Group is the demolition contractor, while Detroit-based Sachse Construction is the construction manager on the development.

Tim Conder, vice president for Riverside, Mo.-based developer NorthPoint Development LLC, said the Eastland Center site, which is expected to be turned into more than 1 million square feet of warehouse and industrial space in a $94 million project, is slated to be at grade level in the next seven or eight months.

Because much of the building is concrete, brick and stone, it is being pulverized and turned into subgrade material for the new buildings, he said. Detroit-based Adamo Group is the demolition contractor.

At the former Warren Transmission Plant, much of the property is steel, which can be scrapped and sold, Conder said. The 123-acre site on Mound Road is slated to become 1.4 million square feet of new light industrial and warehouse space, a big chunk of the more than 7 million square feet that NorthPoint has in the development hopper around town. The project is expected to cost $180 million.

Indianapolis-based Renascent Inc. is the demo contractor.