Heavy equipment airlifted to top of downtown apartment building

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Residents and tourists in downtown St. Louis were treated to a spectacular sight Sunday morning, as a helicopter airlifted several pieces of large equipment to the roof of the century-old Arcade Building.

The old Arcade, located at 801 Olive Street, is undergoing massive renovations as it’s converted into an apartment complex.

Such a rehabilitation project—at a cost of $118 million—requires the latest heating and cooling systems to be installed atop the building. Unfortunately, the streets of downtown St. Louis are too narrow to accommodate the cranes needed to move such equipment.

That’s where the helicopter comes in.

The small chopper set down in the parking lot at Ballpark Village while crews hooked cables up to the large machinery. The chopper made several trips from Ballpark Village to the corner of 8th and Olive streets.

The Arcade Building is said to open in late 2015, with 202 affordable artist lofts and 80 market-rate apartments.