Kingsport purchased the property just over two years ago for $250,000 and in that time has been working to find a suitable business to locate within the building. The five-acre property included the main, three-story office-type building, warehouse space, a sales office (recently demolished), and a maintenance area (where Kingsport’s traffic division recently relocated).
The city recently demolished the sales office (which was once home to a convenience store) and about a week ago advertised a bid for additional demolition work on the property.
According to public works officials and the advertised bid, the demolition work will involve just over 16,000 square feet of the building — the section between the three-story office and the warehouse section — along with a number of concrete pads, tanks and other equipment along the back of the building.
“What we’ve advertised for is a more surgical demolition of portions of the other building, the large three-story building. Behind it has been a hodgepodge of constructions over the years and we’re removing some of that to have a clean break between the TEC building and the Pet Dairy offices,” said Ryan McReynolds, public works director for the city.
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