Monarch requests demolition permit

John Scarffe, Black Hawk.  The Monarch Casino in Black Hawk plans to demolish its parking structure through mechanical mechanisms and an implosion, so the Casino requested a demolition permit during a special meeting on Monday, November 28, at 11 a.m., at 211 Church Street. The demolition permit was the only item on the agenda, and the subject has been before the Council before.

The Casino requested a resolution approving the demolition permit agreement between the City and Monarch Black Hawk, Inc., for the demolition of the existing monarch parking structure. According to the permit, Monarch has obtained the permit with conditions, and one of them requires the construction of a pedestrian sidewalk to allow pedestrian access on Main Street during demolition activities.

Monarch has been unable to acquire or otherwise secure the permission necessary to construct the temporary sidewalk, according to the permit, and seeks to provide a mechanism by which Monarch will cause all pedestrian traffic to be transported via a shuttle, and otherwise close the Demolition Permit Area to all pedestrian traffic. This Demolition Permit Agreement memorializes the closure of the Demolition Permit Area to all pedestrian traffic, and includes an indemnity by Monarch in favor of the City for any potential liability associated with pedestrian traffic in the Demolition Permit Area.

Methods to be used include signage, traffic control barriers, and the use of pedestrian shuttles for the time determined necessary by the City Manager, in conjunction with the demolition of Monarch’s existing parking garage.

The Council approved the permit and has been involved in previous Council action regarding the demolition. At the September 28 Council meeting Fire Chief Don Taylor requested an ordinance approving an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City and County of Denver for technical support for the planning process of the Monarch existing parking garage proposed implosion.

“As you are aware, Monarch has provided a proposal to demolish the existing parking structure through a combination of mechanical mechanisms and an implosion,” Taylor said.

“As fire department staff has not had the opportunity to be involved in the planning and actual implosion of a building or like structure, I do not feel I have the expertise in this area,” Taylor wrote in the request for Council action. Taylor was included with the Clark County Nevada Fire Department in their planning and implosion support for three structures last month, but he still thinks it is in the City’s best interest to seek outside technical assistance.

Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade has offered his staff to assist with technical consultation during the planning and implosion process.

The next regular meeting of the Black Hawk City Council will be at 3 p.m., December 14, at 211 Church Street.