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Photos & Video by Scott Schaefer Demolition began Wednesday morning (Nov. 19) on the “old” Burien City Hall building located on the corner of SW 150th and 4th Ave SW, as a large, seemingly hungry excavator clawed, bit and ate away at the structure. Built in 1982, this structure housed a Rainier Bank prior to serving as City Hall. After the building is demolished and the site excavated, temporary shoring will be installed, along with foundation supports for the new $90-million Merrill Gardens Apartments, which will begin construction soon. These new apartments will include 228 units of market-rate housing and 126 senior apartments. Here are some renderings of the future construction: BurienTownSquarePhase2-4 BurienTownSquarePhase2-3 “It was a bittersweet moment for some city employees who worked there and still refer to it as Old City Hall,” read a post on the city’s Facebook page. Scott Schaefer took some photos of the dinosaur-like demolition, which will surely excite all 10-year old boys, no matter what our “real age” is (click images to see larger versions/slideshow): P1030740 P1030752 P1030711 P1030727 P1030714 P1030732]]>