Old Downtown Building Demolished

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

Saturday morning, a piece of Dothan history fell to the ground.

The old Personality Shop, located just beside La'Le's in downtown Dothan, was torn down, leaving behind a vacant lot.

For the past couple of years, the old Personality Shop in downtown Dothan was nothing but a shell, having no floor or roof.

It was an old store that has not been in use for at least two decades.

Cathy Cole, with The Downtown Group said, "The old Personality Shop used to be a women's clothing boutique. It was a wonderful little shop with clothing and accessories; it was a very popular shop in Dothan."

Saturday, the old shop came tumbling down into a pile of bricks and rubble.

In effort to create more parking spaces for downtown Dothan, the Downtown Redevelopment Authority purchased the building from a developer who decided it could not be salvaged.

"Part of the master plan is not about just tearing the buildings down, but to save what we can, to revitalize what we can and to determine if a building should go down, to tear it down," Cole added.

Because crews were working in close quarters, the project was carefully planned out to not damage any other buildings.

Dothan Public Works Director Jerry Corbin said, "Everything went as planned. When you are tearing down a building like this next to another one, you have to take proper precautions not to ruin anybody else's property."

The Downtown Group hopes that by adding parking spaces to the downtown area, an investor might be interested in purchasing the old bank building.

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