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Milwaukee Bucks work to redevelop Milwaukee arena

Heavy equipment operated by Veit & Co. dismantles the former BMO Harris Bradley Center on Friday. Hunzinger Construction is overseeing the demolition of the old arena. (Photo by Kevin Harnack)

Heavy equipment operated by Veit & Co. dismantles the former BMO Harris Bradley Center on Friday. Hunzinger Construction is overseeing the demolition of the old arena. (Photo by Kevin Harnack)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The BMO Harris Bradley Center is being reduced to rubble as the Milwaukee Bucks plan to redevelop the site.

The Bucks took over control of the Bradley Center on Sept. 1 as part of an agreement that resulted in the construction of the $524 million Fiserv Forum arena nearby, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported .

The Bradley Center has played host to music stars such as Prince and the Rolling Stones, but is now vacant as construction work continues.

The Bucks say redeveloping the site of the old center is an important part of the new arena project.

The Bucks hired the Minneapolis-based construction firm Veit & Co. Inc. to dismantle the center. Hunzinger Construction Co. engineers are also involved in the demolition.

Much of the demolition work is now taking place inside the arena; exterior demolition is expected to begin in the spring.

Demolition workers will use explosives to help “cut the steel structure to help lower it to a safe elevation,” said Barry Baum, a Bucks spokesman Barry Baum.

Baum said tthe use of explosives will be limited and won’t cause the implosion of the entire building.

“They’re going to use the explosives to knock off the very top of the roof,” said Peter Feigin, Bucks president. “The idea is to pop the columns apart from the inside.”

Work is expected to finish at the end of the summer.

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