- Associated Press - Friday, May 15, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Buildings next to a collapsed hotel construction project in New Orleans are coming down.

Crews began demolition Friday of one of three buildings near the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel structure in the city’s central business district. Officials have said those buildings must be cleared to give space for the hotel demolition to safely begin.

The bodies of two workers who were trapped inside the collapsed structure on Oct. 12 remain between the 8th and 10th floors. Two construction cranes that had been leaning over the project were brought down days later with explosives but the rest of the building has been standing for months as the city and developer argued about how best to bring it down.

Crews expect to recover the workers’ remains in early June.

Demolition is scheduled to begin on a second building next week, WWL-TV reported.

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