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Developers say the demolition of Baptist Hospital is close to being finished, but behind the original schedule.

Crews are tearing down the ceiling now and hope it will be down within the next month or two. It's a little later than the original projection; they hoped to finish demolition by the beginning of September.

Developers say the delay is just "usual problems with construction" and expect to see progress in the next few weeks.

Crews are recycling as much as they can, especially copper and other metal.

Georgia developers Blanchard and Calhoun bought the property in December for $6.25 million. They say they plan to build a large mixed-use development on the 24-acre site with luxury apartments, student apartments and a riverwalk between Gay Street and Henley bridges.

It could be one of the largest developments in Knoxville and Knox County history.

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