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Bedford Begins Tearing Down Eyesore Building

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BEDFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Bedford is working to remove blighted buildings from around the municipality, and one key structure started coming down on Wednesday morning. Demolition began on an eyesore located at the corner of Airport Freeway and Central Drive. The plan is to claw the big, white building to death.

The three-story building was built nearly 30 years ago and features more than 25,000 square feet. It has been home to several companies, but it was last used as a computer server site. Once the demolition is complete, the Cheddar’s restaurant next door will use the newly emptied space to expand their parking lot.

Before demolition started on Wednesday morning, Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin got a chance to operate the giant claw machine that will cut through the building’s steel girders. “The demolition of this CI Host building is another major step in our city’s continued plans to enhance key entrances to our city and bring new businesses to Bedford,” Griffin said.

It will take three days for crews to tear the abandoned building down to the ground. The demolition is happening next to a much bigger construction site — the DFW Connector highway project continues along that particular portion of Highway 121.

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