"The Plant" will be ready for first show in December

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — The old Coca-Cola bottling plant in Dothan has been sitting empty for roughly 20 years, but in less than two weeks, it'll come back to life as an entertainment venue.

The first phase of renovations at “The Plant” should be complete before Christmas.

"We are 24/7 trying to get this place up and running,” said Boyd Clark, family owner of the venue.

Phase one includes a main stage, VIP lounge, bar, and food sections. The Plant will be able to hold 1,200 people of all ages and musical backgrounds.

"We're not going to be fixed on a certain genre of music, we're going to have everything,” said Clark. From country, to rock and roll, blues- just to keep people in Dothan on the weekends and give them something to do besides twiddle their thumbs and watch football,” he laughed.

So far, The Plant has five artists lined up to perform. The first show will be put on by David Ramirez, it's set for Sunday, December 10th. Clark says they'll create around 40 jobs once the doors officially open.

Future plans for The Plant include an amphitheater; construction on that phase is expected to begin in about 18 months.