Bricks and steel crumbled to the ground Monday as crews began demolishing former Bethlehem Steel buildings in south Bethlehem to make way for the $600 million casino, hotel and events center to open next year.
Most of the major demolition won't come until early June, after work crews reroute utilities and relocate museum pieces still being housed in buildings to be razed. Nearly two dozen other buildings will be saved, at least in part, including the five blast furnaces, the stock house and the electric repair shop that will house the museum.
Sands BethWorks expects to open its casino by the end of 2008. A 300-room hotel, an events and concert center and several restaurants and shops would open by the middle of 2009.