Demolition crews are in the process of tearing down the former ServiceMaster By Custom Cleaners building, at 1420 W. High St., in Bryan.
Work began last Thursday and is slated to continue into next week to demolish the structure and dig up the foundation, according to Pat Elkins, an employee of Dangler Excavating, of Paulding, the contractor doing the work.
Much of the materials will be recycled, said Elkins, who was operating one of several backhoes involved in the demolition on a sunny 44 degree day Tuesday.
“We’ll try to save as much as we can. We save as many of the bricks and other materials as we can ... and the concrete gets grinded up and turned into stone,” Elkins said.
The building is believed to date back to the late 1940s and is “super strong,” Elkins said. “The roof is reinforced with one-inch (steel) rebar,” he said.
Bryan City Engineer Brian Wieland said the site will be occupied by a Dollar General store. Dollar General received Bryan Planning Commission approval for their site plan and Bryan City Council at their last meeting Feb. 15 approved the work permit for the 9,100-square-foot store, representing a $375,569 investment.
Wieland expects the store to be completed within 90 days of demolition, or around late spring/early summer.
Wieland said the parcel, at the corner of West High Street and Ohio 34, was the original home of North Western Electric Cooperative, now located at 04125 Ohio 576, Bryan.