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Legion doomed: Workers begin demolishing Model City landmark

March 31st, 2014 10:12 pm by Matthew Lane

Legion doomed: Workers begin demolishing Model City landmark

E. Luke Greene Company of Strawberry Plains mobilized its crews on Monday and began demolition work on the Legion Pool site. Photo by Ned Jilton II.

KINGSPORT — The demolition of Legion Pool has begun.

E. Luke Greene Company of Strawberry Plains mobilized its crews on Monday and began demolition work on the Legion Pool site.

Chris McCartt, assistant to the city manager, said the $50,000 contract calls for the demolition of the pool and the building, the removal of the material and the property to be left a grassy field. Kingsport originally budgeted $100,000 for the work.

McCartt said the goal is for the work to be done by the end of May.

Legion Pool is one of the most iconic locations in the Model City with its origins dating back more than 70 years.

American Legion Hammond Post 3 built the first Legion Pool on its property in 1937, but two years later sold the facility to the city for $25,000 — the remaining amount on the loan to build the pool.

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