FARGO - Workers are expected to begin tearing down the old City Hall Monday, Nov. 5, with total removal expected by Thanksgiving, according to the city spokesman Gregg Schildberger.

The public will probably see walls come down Tuesday, he said.

The new City Hall, located immediately east, officially opened to the public Sept. 17 after more than two years of construction.

The old City Hall was constructed in 1958.

Workers began removing asbestos from the building Monday, Oct. 15, and will finish around Halloween, Schildberger said. The police will take over for a few days of training before the wrecking crew comes calling.

The job is being done by Excavating Inc. for $378,000, a big drop from the $795,000 estimate from a year ago, he said.