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Demolition begins on vacant strip mall

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Demolition begins on vacant strip mall

Demolition begins on vacant strip mall

The strip mall that used to contain Coach's was demolished on Monday to make room for green space due to flooding.

"nats"COMING DOWN.A MIX OF EMOTIONS ASCREWS BEGINDEMOLISHING A VACANTBUILDING WITH LOTS OFMEMORIES.FLOODING TORETHROUGH THE STRIP MALLAT 103RD STREET ANDWORNALL ROAD TWOYEARS AGO.41 ACTION NEWSREPORTER SARAH PLAKEIS LIVE TO EXPLAIN WHATHAPPENS NEXT.CREWS ARE SUPPOSED TODEMO THIS STRIP TODAY..AND THEN EVENTUALLYGET TO THESE TWOCORNERS.THE WHOLE THINGSHOULD BE FINISHED BYDECEMBER.IT'S A LONG TIME COMINGMANY SAY..

BUT ALSOAGREE THIS IS THE BESTTHING FOR THIS CORNER.I would tear up every time iwent by it.

It was an eyesoreand had to come down, buthad to be here to saygoodbye.Chris Carly says watching aback-hoe rip into her old bar,Coach's, is like watching anold friend die.So it's very bittersweet.

Thebuilding obviously needed tocome down, but we have a lotof good memories from thisplace.To many people's relief, thecity is tearing down theabandoned buildings at 103rdand Wornall, Coach'sincluded.They will raze it and transformthe corner into a green space..which will absorb thefloodwater that has been anissue for years.There really should havenever been a building on thissite, and it was, and theflooding did exacerbate thesituation and when there werewater rescues conducted thatreally hyped things up.Carle and her co-owner wererescued from their ownbuilding in summer 2017 whenfloodwaters forced them intothe rafters.The buildings have beenofficially empty since then.but homeless residents livedinside -- leading to anotherproblemI think it's a good ideabecause all the homelesspeople stay in there and theyset it on fire and dont thinkthey really need to be stayingin these buildings.Robert Wellman knows a fewhomeless folks who stay in thebuildings.Neighbors blame them forrecent fires..I know after they catch on firepeople still try to break thewindows and take the boardsdown and still stay in there.Carle says it's a shame it gotto this point.She and Mike Darby openedCoach's 37 years ago..

Darbywas killed two months beforethe big flood that shut them alldown.Today was Mike Darby'sbirthday, would have been.Thought i would be here forhim.THE CITY BOUGHT THISLAND..

AND ARE USING GOBOND MONEY TO GET THISDONE.SARAH PLAKE 41 ACTIONNEWS."oh look at her, she's here --oh, ourgenerator's gone




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Flood after flood tore through the strip mall at 103rd and Wornall in 2017. After sitting vacant for more than two years, demolition of the buildings was planned for Monday.

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