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Company in charge of demolishing Round Building walks off job

Crusader Demolition asks for more money from city to finish work

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The company in charge of demolishing the Round Building in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts walked off the job Tuesday.

Crusader Demolition was asking for more money from the city to finish the work, which means more delays for a project that was scheduled to be completed months before the center opened in November.

In response the city sent Crusader Demolition a legal letter stating they have a week to provide a plan on how to finish the work or the city will terminate the contract.

As part of the contract, the company was required to provide a performance bond that would fund another company to take over. The city said while it will take more time the demolition will not cost more tax money.

Aldona Rayds takes piano lessons at the center weekly.

"This would be so much better if this were finished and it's such an eyesore," said Rayds. "You have such beautiful building and it's a mess."