PANAMA CITY — Property owner George Kingston and the Panama City Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) are hoping a demolition will be a catalyst to downtown improvement.
Kingston owns the buildings, now a quickly diminishing pile of rubble, in the 200 block of East Sixth Street across the street from Grocery Outlet. Construction crews equipped with backhoes started tearing down the buildings late last week and continuing Monday and Tuesday.
“They really needed to go,” Kingston representative Dwight Hicks said. “He’s trying to help beautify downtown.”
The CRA contributed $7,560 of the $15,120 total in a Commercial Interest Grant.