Eminence’s historic district got a permanent alteration last week as developers demolished several buildings, making way for a CVS Pharmacy and McDonald’s.
Among the demolished were the former Eminence Deposit Bank building, the former Foree Automotive building and what once was Slaughter’s Dry Goods.
A spokesperson for Project Builders of Atlanta, who works with the Five Star Development Company, said the developers knew how much the bank building meant to the community.
“We were going to save the bank’s name on the façade,” the spokesperson said. “The operator was going to reach in underneath the sign and pull it away from the structure once the top was taken off.”
During demolition the operator worked with precision but the bank’s sign and columned entrance way crumbled as the operator pulled on an opposite corner of the building.
The next phase of development will include several steps to clear the lot and utilities.
“The guys will continue cleaning up the debris and start taking out the asphalt on the lot,” the spokesperson said. “We will get the lot up on grade so we can begin pouring concrete for the CVS building. It will take some time to get sewer lines in place and install the conduits for electricity.”