Shakespeare's building demolition delayed again
COLUMBIA - The demolition of the 42-year-old Shakespeare's Pizza building in downtown Columbia was pushed back once again Monday morning.
The city issued the following statement: "Columbia Water & Light had to delay the removal of a water service line on Ninth Street that used to serve the Shakespeare's Pizza building. This will cause the water personnel to be working in the northbound lane of Ninth Street, between Elm and Locust on Monday, June 15. Due to traffic being restricted to one lane, there will be a person directing traffic.
Demolition was initially supposed to start last Wednesday but the construction company didn't pick up their city permit. The Columbia building Inspection office said the permit was then picked up on Friday.
The downtown Shakespeare's is still operating around the corner from its original location, at the restaurant that was formerly BBC II.
The new building is set to be finished by August of next year.
"The outside of the building is still kinda up in the air. They're still working on a couple different designs, is my understanding. But our portion of the outside of the building is gonna replicate what our building has been all these years, all along," said Shakespeare's manager Kurt Mirtsching. "I heard that the designer had a Shakespeare's cup sitting on his desk, and he was looking at that picture of the building as he was designing the building that's going in Ninth and Elm."