Demolition crews plan to erase a year-old eyesore in Warner Robins within the next three days.
The La Quinta Inn on Willie Lee Parkway caught fire last Thanksgiving Day. Now the ruins are at last, being reduced to rubble.
The crash of heavy equipment into the old La Quinta Inn sounded more like music to Jennifer Tucker and Mary Askew. The women work across the street at the Candlewood Suites.
The ruins of the La Quinta make it hard to forget what happened last Thanksgiving Day.
Tucker said, "I came up here as soon as I got the call. The hotel was just blazing. It burned pretty much until that Sunday."
It sat vacant and crumbling for a year. Askew said, "It was a safety issue really, because a lot of looters would come around there."
They said the questions from hotel guests seemed never ending. Tucker said, "What happnened next door? What are they going to do with it? Finally, all that can be done and over."
Watching the bulldozers rip at the walls, Askew said, "We are so excited to see that they are tearing it down, because it really makes our property look bad."
Owner of Level Line, the company in-charge of demolition, Eugene Graham, said they intend to level every last shred of debris by Friday. Cleaning-up the site will take about 3 weeks.
Graham said, "We will load it and truck it and carry it to the landfill, Houston County landfill."
It's almost all trash. A few pieces will be salvadged. The concrete slab the hotel sat on will be saved for the possibility of future redevelopment.
It will hopefully be a chapter neighbors will want to remember after a year of an eyesore they'd rather forget.
Procurement Manager for the City of Warner Robins, Kim Demoonie, says a few interested parties have contacted the city about the hotel property.