'Leaning Tower of Dallas' is now a thing after failed implosion

Posted at 6:25 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 07:26:41-05

DALLAS (KTVT/CNN) — A building implosion gone awry has created an unexpected tourist destination in Dallas.

The leaning tower of Dallas, as its being called.

On Sunday, officials attempted to destroy a building by making it implode. It turned into a massive failure.

Sunday's failure was Monday’s internet sensation, as crowds flocked to see the building frozen mid-demolition.

The stubborn leftover is the core shaft that contained the elevator and stairwells, according to Lloyd D. Nabors Demolition.

But to everyone else, its the leaning tower of Dallas.

"We had to come get our picture with it leaning, just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. So, now we have our own. We think it should stay," picture-taker Kelley Breeding said.

It won't for much longer.

Once the tower comes down, construction on a 27-acre mixed-use development called The Central Dallas will begin.

Developer Artemio de La Vega says picture places to work, live, and play with a park as the centerpiece.

"The green space will also have an opportunity for health and wellness, which will include, I mean think yoga in the mornings, and exercising outdoors when the weather is good," La Vega said.

The first phases - which include office space, hotels, a high rise and part of the park - should be complete by the end of 2022.

And even though the leaning tower of Dallas will be long gone, he says it will live on in The Central one way or another.

"I think we should memorialize it, because now it’s part of our history," he said.

The demolition company says its bringing in a wrecking ball now, aiming to take the tower down mid-week.