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Crews demolish old Montgomery icon

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A part of Montgomery's skyline will soon be only a memory.

Demolition of the State House Inn started today.

In recent years, the building has become an eyesore to many and city leaders say it's time to breathe new life into the property along Madison Avenue near Cramton Bowl.

"It's not everyday you see a building destroyed," says onlooker Monty Burck.

Onlookers wondered what's next for this piece of property.

"Now they're gonna tear it down and hopefully build another building," says Burck.

Marla Heilman brought her grandson.

"I wanted him to see it so I went and got him real quick."

"I liked when it...when it busted the floor down," says her grandson. 

Amidst the debris, city leaders start planning for the future.

"Of course a hotel would be nice as it is in very close proximity to all the events, the great events we have at the Multiplex," says Steve Jones, Director of General Services for the City of Montgomery.

While many believe the area needs to be revamped, there's no denying the part the building played in the City of Montgomery's history.

"This used to be the happening place in Montgomery, up at the top of the old Holiday Inn."

Glenn Donald remembers the building well.

"It was more sad to see it go down over the years. But there is some nostalgia seeing it come down. It's kinda sad, but it'll be better for our neighborhood."

The city bought the property from the state for roughly $800,000 dollars.

Demolition will take a few months.

"We don't anticipate there being any disruption to traffic along Madison Avenue," says Jones.

And then, the process of hopefully rebuilding something new begins.

"It's gonna be fascinating to see something go up in its place," says Heilman.

The city is spending $300,000 dollars to tear down the building. Crews have 180 days to remove all debris from the property.

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