The excavator was back again in downtown Redding on Tuesday morning.
This time it was tearing down the Darkside smoke shop building on Pine Road.
The store, which experienced been there some 15 yrs, lately shut right after a San Francisco Bay Location advancement team bought the property in June — a single of a few parcels that make up an complete town block.
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Leckey Land Clearing, the exact firm that demolished the neighboring Redding Inn, was doing the very same to the Darkside.
In addition to the Darkside, Kirkorian Enhancement acquired the old Redding Inn house on Pine Road and the former Laptop or computer Logistics house at the corner of Sector and Lincoln streets. The developer compensated just below $2 million for the three parcels.
The Redding Inn was demolished this spring and the Pc Logistics making will be reworked into place of work area.
Kirkorian Development has not mentioned what it will build on the former smoke shop and motel houses.
Proprietor Troy Leckey believed the demolition of the Darkside would just take 4 several hours, far less time than the month it took him to tear down the Redding Inn.
More than the years, Leckey has played a important job in Redding redevelopment.
In 2004, his firm demolished the previous Rite Help making at The Mall’s north conclude. The 61,000-sq.-foot composition — home to Payless Drugstore, an anchor tenant when The Shopping mall opened in 1972 — was razed to make area for the Shasta Colleges Health Science Middle.
Leckey Land Clearing also tore down the outdated previous Rite Support at the Mt. Shasta Mall that paved the way for a new Macy’s department keep.
On Tuesday, Laura McCraney was at the previous Darkside assets ahead of Leckey fired up his excavator. She grabbed the Darkside sign as a memento.
McCraney was a buyer of the Darkside and will miss the retailer.
“I’m happy they acquired rid of the hotel, but this?” she said as she shook her head.
In the meantime, Darkside owner Bruce Bussard is hunting for a new locale in Redding. In the interim, Bussard has moved his store’s stock to his Darkside suppliers in Pink Bluff and Chico.
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