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Longview begins beautification project by demolishing old hotel

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Taking a building down using only heavy equipment takes experience: knowing exactly where to strike the structure and improvising with battering rams. Taking a building down using only heavy equipment takes experience: knowing exactly where to strike the structure and improvising with battering rams.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

Structures and mangled debris fell to the ground in Longview, as a long awaited demolition was set in motion, all part of the first phase of a beautification project for the city.

The former Holiday Inn and Chevron property in Longview at Estes Parkway and Interstate 20 has been abandoned and crumbling for years, and now the site is being demolished.

"This is the exciting part. When everything comes down, you can really get a good look at what this is going to look like when its all cleaned off and slicked up," says Longview Economic Development Corporation board member Keith Honey.

The site is the first look that many westbound motorists get of Longview.

"First impression of Longview as you cross the interstate and really get to city is a dilapidated building," Honey says.

The plan now is to turn the pile of rubble into an aesthetically beautiful area for first-time visitors.

Taking a building down using only heavy equipment takes experience: knowing exactly where to strike the structure and improvising with battering rams.

"People coming into our community can really see a nice front door for a change. Of course we want to interest someone in eventually putting some kind of facility there," says Honey.

LEDCO voted to purchase the 6.5 acres for $1 million and demolish the buildings. The hope is that the demolition and beautification will turn into a positive later on for the city.

"We want it to be a significant statement for Longview," Honey says.

LEDCO and Longview city officials say the area will be completely cleared and they hope to market the property to businesses.

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