- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—NORFOLK — First, the giant scoop removed a tree. Then it began to punch holes in the side of the old General District Court building this morning.

Bricks crumbled along with twisted metal and other bits this morning as the scoop of an earthmover chewed its way into the building. The heavy equipment will take chunks out of the building in order to preserve the materials to be recycled and reused, said city spokeswoman Lori Crouch, who referred to the demolition as “Pac-Man style.”

For about a month, crews have been removing bits inside the building and taking out asbestos and other hazardous materials.

Demolition is expected to take a month.

The old courtrooms have been empty since operations moved into a new building beside them that includes the Circuit Court on St. Paul’s Boulevard.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and a law library will be moved into the new facility that will be built on the site as part of the Norfolk Consolidated Courts Complex. A sculpture in front of the old building will be moved to the other side of the light rail tracks.

The old Circuit Court Building will be torn down early next year and other improvements will be made to the Civic Plaza.

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