The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Friday that workers began demolishing two dilapidated buildings on Haywood Road across from the U.S. Cellular Center.
The job of demolishing that building and the former Handipark parking garage next door is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month, city government says.
The city has owned the land the buildings sit on for several years and had planned to sell it for use as a hotel site. That plan fell apart last year when the potential developer backed out of the deal.
City Council decided last year to go ahead with demolition opf the buildings regardless after hearing complaints about leaving the unattractive structures standing in such a prominent location. The property is at the corner of Haywood Street and Page Avenue.