Demolition of Cooper's Mill hotel and restaurant continues in Cedar Rapids

Active Thermal Concepts taking down once-popular business

A worker sprays the side of the building as demolition of Cooper’s Mill hotel and restaurant continues in northwest Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
A worker sprays the side of the building as demolition of Cooper’s Mill hotel and restaurant continues in northwest Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Big chunks of the once-popular Cooper’s Mill hotel and restaurant began falling this week as demolition of the property at 90 F Ave. NW in Cedar Rapids continued.

Demolition began last Friday with Active Thermal Concepts, an excavation contractor out of Hiawatha, hired by the city of Cedar Rapids for $349,449 to complete the work.

The city acquired the flood-prone building and property for $5.23 million last fall after the September flooding, although a deal was in the works before that time.

The 82-room hotel and restaurant, built in 1972, closed during the flood and never reopened.

The process to take the structure down is a controlled demolition with an excavator as opposed to a wrecking ball or implosion.

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