Demolition of the Old Coca-Cola Building Helps Make Way for the Proposed M-Pev

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It’s out with the old and in with the new.
 
After years of being in the community, the former Coca-Cola Distribution Center came crumbling down. 
 
It’s to make way for the proposed Multi-Purpose Event Venue.
 
It’s been several years in the making. 
 
“This is a very significant day. This is the third step in the process that LGC has been working on for many years starting with the hotel, the parking garage and now the demo of the coke property,” said Sunny Hodge-Campbell, Local Government Corporation.
 
Today city officials started re-writing the new chapter for the lot that once housed the former Coca-Cola Distribution Center. 
 
“Symbolic and historic. As we move forward we look back see all the things that have happened to put the city in this position. You know we had behind us a few minutes ago 20 people who have worked over a decade to make this day come through. And so all those dreams about what we can become are gonna be there,” said Paul Harpole, Amarillo Mayor.
 
Now Amarillo is one step closer to getting a Multipurpose Event Venue in Downtown.
 
This afternoon several city officials gathered around to watch the former Coca-Cola Distribution Center be demolished. 
 
This demolition is to prep for the construction of the proposed M-Pev.
 
“I believe we’re going to have an M-Pev of some sort. Everything is still moving forward. The talking, the negotiation, everything is still moving forward. And this is like I said, the first step in moving forward is the demo,” said Hodge-Campbell
 
Mayor Harpole says the tearing down of the former Coca-Cola building signifies an issue that’s going to solve lots of problems for the city. 
 
“Quality of life, sales tax growth, people enjoying the atmosphere in our Downtown,” said Mayor Harpole. 
 
We’re told the demolition could take several weeks maybe a month or so. 
 
Next up, for the city, signing a baseball team.
 
Mayor Harpole says he hopes to have an affiliated team playing in the M-Pev. 
 
He tells us they have one particular group that they’re talking to, they’re just now waiting to see what happens with them.
 

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