Onlookers are reporting that large portions of Galveston’s Flagship Hotel are finding their way into the water below the 25th St. pier. The hotel’s owner, Landry’s Restaurants, is demolishing the building to make room for an amusement-park-style entertainment complex which you might reasonably assume won’t include any under-the pier attractions. The 225-room hotel closed permanently after Hurricane Ike.
Galveston real estate agent Billy Hill has posted an anonymous eyewitness account that a front-end loader operated by the Grant Mackay Demolition Co. pushed several portions of the building into the bay, including the section of framing that disappeared in the interval between these 2 photos:
When i gestured to them with my WTF arms spread wide, one of them did it back to me. . . . I saw it last week twice, but most was incidental as they were pulling back on the outer room walls with the plate glass windows. today and yesterday, it was much more negligent. it was a deliberate act.
Landry’s hired Houston’s Ardent Construction to demolish the hotel and build the new development on the pier last year. A net put in place to catch large pieces of debris was placed too high to catch anything below the 4th floor, Hill’s witness reports.
they were using that bobcat to push the walls and frames outward– not pullling them inward. . . . once they did drop stuff, they should file a report to the necessary parties, so action can be taken to rectify and mitigate. . . . Some one will be seriously hurt soon. there is A LOT of glass down there.
- Before and After at the Flagship [g-townsurf]
- Flagship to come down one floor at time [Galveston County Daily News]
- Previously on Swamplot: Landryâ€™s Kicking Galvestonâ€™s Flagship Hotel Off the Pier, for Amusement
Photos: Billy Hill