Franco Development Services

Best Demolition Crew, January 2007
Gus Franco is a home wrecker, just what the downtown loft boom has needed. He guts and removes interiors from old hotels and decaying commercial buildings to allow the repurposing to begin. Exercising the same light touch on private homes, his Franco Development Services  doesn’t just stomp around like Godzilla. Franco characterizes his company’s approach as “destruction with care.” To convert downtown’s landmark El Dorado into lofts, his ten-man crew spent nearly three months removing 250 tons of debris, starting with the carpets and working up to the ceilings but leaving architectural details, such as the hotel’s 1898 facade, intact.