DADE CITY — The walls have come tumbling down.
The demolition of the old City Hall building is nearly complete, with only rubble remaining at the site on Meridian Avenue. City Manager Billy Poe expects the crews will clear out the debris and finish ripping out the footings and slab over the next week or so.
Cross Construction of Zephyrhills has "been great," Poe said, noting the $91,600 demo project is right on schedule. He also said the crews have been diligent about spraying down the site to prevent clouds of dust from drifting over downtown.
The three-story building, which had deteriorated beyond repair, was built in the 1920s and served as City Hall since the 1940s. City employees began moving offices out of the historic building in 2011, with some moving into an adjacent annex on Meridian Avenue and others into the train depot at the east end of Meridian.
Officials haven't settled on plans for a new City Hall just yet. But in the meantime, the streetscape now has an obvious vacancy.
"I drive by there every day just too look at it, and it's definitely a different view there, that's for sure," Poe said.