Demolition of former Red Cross building begins Tuesday

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON HARBOR – The wait to demolish the former Red Cross building in Benton Harbor is over.

Withrow Excavating and Construction of Benton Harbor will begin demolition today at the 303 Riverview Drive building.

Susan Cox, head of marketing and public relations for Cornerstone Alliance, said demolition should be completed in 10 days.

The demolition of the building will make way for future Whirlpool expansion at its downtown Benton Harbor site. It is the final building owned by Cornerstone Alliance to be leveled within the corridor.

“With this building being taken down, we are improving the landscape of Riverview Drive and Main Street,” said Greg Vaughn, Cornerstone’s chief operating officer. “(We are) creating more usable space for future business expansion in downtown Benton Harbor.”

In 2013, three buildings were taken down, which included the Eagle Super Saver at 333 Riverview Drive, the Fish Hut restaurant at 413 Riverview Drive, and Grinnell’s Music Store at 544 W. Main St.

Cornerstone Alliance worked in partnership with Whirlpool and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on the acquisition of this parcel of land as part of the Riverview campus development.

The old Red Cross site will be turned into parking spaces as part of Whirlpool’s third phase expansion.

Bids for the demolition were solicited from both local and regional contractors. The project was awarded to Withrow Excavating and Construction on the lowest bid.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on June 2, 2015)


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