Construction work actually started a few weeks ago on the new Woodside Village development at Rainbow and 47th Place in Westwood, but visibly the big step forward came this morning when the walls of the Youthfront building that fronts Rainbow Blvd. started to come down.
Crews had already cleared the interior and removed structural supports, according to Chris Bell, the general manager at Woodside Health and Tennis Club. This morning the demolition teams began tearing down the exterior walls of the building. Temporary relocation of cell phone towers that had been on the building started the construction phase.
The demolition is planned to take place without closing Rainbow Blvd. today. Bell said meetings have been held with neighborhoods around the project to answer questions and McPerson Contractors sent letters to residents advising them that construction is starting.
Once the debris is removed, construction will begin on foundations for the new Woodside Village residential and retail project. The project will include 333 apartments as well as retail. The first phase, which is along Rainbow on the north side of 47th Place, will host an Italian-themed restaurant from Bread & Butter Concepts.
A major renovation and expansion of the club will follow. Retail and residential on the south side of 47th Place will be next in line with a new natural grocer, GreenAcres Market, taking space in that portion of the project. Tanner and White Properties is the developer.