DETROIT (WWJ) – The demolition of the historic Hotel Charlevoix in downtown Detroit has begun.
A permit to tear down the building was approved by city officials in April and now neighbors report crews tossing any remaining metal inside the 108-year-old old structure Wednesday morning.READ MORE: Detroit Community Leaders Break Ground On New Community Center In Jefferson Chalmers
Located a block west of Woodward, across the street from Cliff Bell’s, owner Ralph Sachs purchased the property in the 1980s. It has remained vacant since.READ MORE: AAA: Michigan's Average Gas Price Continues To Rise, 1 Cent Below National
Bricks have been falling from the neglected building over the past few years. Hotel Charlevoix is reportedly expected to be replaced with a surface parking lot.
The Charlevoix has been empty for the past 30 years.MORE NEWS: Ethan Crumbley To Remain In Oakland County Jail, Judge Orders