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Parts Of Siena Center Building To Be Demolished This Week

After two years of planning, the Siena Partners building project is set to begin this week after the Village Board issued their raze permit. The $45 million project is set to be built in three phases.

Three sections of the Siena Center – two that served as apartments for Racine Dominican nuns and one that was used as office space – will be torn down by the end of this week.

The Village Board approved a raze order requested by the Sisters at a special meeting held Monday.

Greg Peters, vice president for Berghammer Construction Group, said the demolition phase of the project will likely take 10 weeks to complete.

"In the first five weeks though, you'll see a majority of the buildings coming down," he said.

The demolition kicks off the initial phase of a large construction project, which includes a $45 million senior living campus to be built in three phases by Siena Partners, a partnership between the and . All of the phases would be built on the Siena Center campus located at 5635 Erie Street.

The initial phase of the project would include demolishing 100,000 square feet of the current building, which housed the Racine Dominican Sisters, and re-constructing a $12 million building with 90,000 square feet of space. They hope to start the project this summer and anticipate completing the first phase of the project in early 2013.

But the entire three-phase build out would increase traffic about 240 cars on a daily basis, which includes service trucks and staff, and add 56 full-time equivalent jobs to the community.

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