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.

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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.

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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.

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