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Wind tower on <i>Times'</i> old Clearwater office coming down Tuesday

Published Sep. 29, 2014

CLEARWATER — A 100-foot-tall windmill tower on the former Tampa Bay Times Clearwater bureau is scheduled to be demolished Tuesday afternoon.

The city of Clearwater, which bought the Times property at 710 Court St. in downtown Clearwater in 2011, began demolishing the building last week.

The demolition contractor has informed the city that, weather permitting, the wind tower is scheduled to be taken down beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

"They realize that people may be interested in watching," said Chuck Lane, the city's real estate services coordinator.

Built in 1978, the former Times Clearwater bureau was an experiment in energy efficiency, with rooftop solar panels and a windmill intended to produce power for lights and computers.

But the windmill had not spun in years when Clearwater bought the site with plans to use it as a transit hub.

Last year, the Times relocated its Clearwater office to a nearby location at 1130 Cleveland St.