- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - After having delayed construction for a planned apartment complex for more than a year, a vacant bald eagle’s nest has been removed from above the site.

Virginia Beach officials told local media on Monday that the nest could be removed because the eagles left several weeks ago.

Still, the city had to obtain a federal permit to take down the nest perched near the former Kemps Landing School.

The construction delay began more than a year ago when two eagles began building the nest. The birth of three eaglets in the winter pushed back work until now.

Bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007 but are protected under several other federal guidelines.

Kempes Village LLC will begin construction of the $30 million complex in August.

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