Demolition and Implosion Updates


UPDATE: The 420 Main Building was successfully imploded on Sunday, November 21. 

This page will have the latest information on the implosion and demolition of the buildings on the block bound by 4th, Sycamore, 5th, and Main Streets. Following demolition, we will update with construction schedule, road closures, and other information that will impact the Downtown neighborhood.

The implosion of the 420 Main Building is scheduled for 7:00 AM, Sunday, November 21, 2021.

The implosion of 420 Main is being performed by a highly experienced, licensed, implosion contractor, CDI. The process is regulated by numerous federal, state and local safety, health and environmental laws and regulations. In order to provide the safest  environment for the contractor and first responders to work, you may not be outside in the exclusion zone indicated on this map.

Exclusion Zone Map

Exclusion Zone Graphic - Copy


To ensure the safety of the contractors, residents, first responders and others, the Evansville Police Department has released this map of the Exclusion Zone for the implosion of 420 Main at 7:00 AM on Sunday, November 21.

This Exclusion Zone becomes a non-parking zone at 4:00 AM this Sunday. Beginning at 5:30 AM, the EPD will perform sweeps by foot, vehicle, and drone, to ensure that no persons are in the Exclusion Zone, including on balconies, roof-decks, rooftops, or any other outdoor areas. The area will reopen following sweeps by the first responders, utility companies, and cleaning contractors hired to return the area to normal. It is expected that the Exclusion Zone will be reopened to pedestrian activity by roughly noon, though that time may vary.

Keep in mind that there will be numerous road closures needed to protect this Exclusion Zone; road closures to vehicles will roughly be an area bound by Walnut, 2nd, and Court Streets, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The best location for viewing will be at your home as the implosion will be broadcast on most local channels as well as many live streams.

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Current road/sidewalk closures
Beginning August 17, 2021 and continuing until March 1, 2022 the following street and sidewalk closures will be in effect for the demolition of 420 Main Street and Sycamore Building:

  • Closing one lane of 5th Street between Main Street & Sycamore Street (vehicles are able to exit Lic’s drive-through; sidewalk on north side remains open)
  • Restricting the northbound turn lane of 4th Street between the alleyway entrance & Sycamore Street (the right turn lane from 4th to Sycamore only)
  • Closure of all sidewalks:  Main Street between 4th Street & 5th Street; 5th Street between Main Street & Sycamore Street (stays open on north side); Sycamore Street between 4th Street & 5th Street; 4th Street between Sycamore Street & Main Street
  • November 15, 2021 - Shipping containers are being placed around the perimeter of 420 Main in preparation for the buildings implosion. Updated Street Closures:  Plan for Main Street (from Fourth to Fifth) and Fifth Street (from Locust to Sycamore) to be closed until Monday, November 29th.

Pre-Implosion Notification Letter to Building Owners/Managers - updated November 10

Pre-Implosion Notification Letter to Occupants - updated November 10

Zoom Meeting Recording: 420 Main Information Meeting with adjacent property owners (11/2/21)

420 Main Building Implosion - Media Alert - Press Conference Friday, November 19

Check back regularly for frequent updates on these projects.