City preps for Mansour’s demolition
City worker Taylor Atkinson removes limbs from a tree in front of the former Mansour’s department store on Lafayette Square on Thursday. The trees, along with the sidewalk pavers, are being removed in anticipation of the building’s upcoming demolition to make way for a new downtown hotel. David Brown, the city’s public works director, said the city will soon put protection around the traffic control boxes, one of which will be moved at a later date. ‘That’ll be completed over the next few days,’ Brown said Thursday. ‘Then there’s a subcontractor that will start the asbestos removal (in the Mansour’s building), and it goes to demolition.’ An exact timeline has not been determined.