KINGSPORT — The city of Kingsport is planning to do some targeted demolition work on the old Pet Dairy property, removing portions near the main, three-story office building. The work is being done as a condition of a land swap deal between Kingsport and Tennessee Electric Co.
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.For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.