Demolition begins on historic Chattanooga building

Demolition begins on historic Chattanooga building (Photo: WTVC)

A partially collapsed building on Market Street is finally coming down.

Cheeburger Cheeburger collapsed three weeks ago, but a dispute between the building and restaurant owners delayed the tear down.

Tuesday night, Chattanooga City Council approved an emergency purchase of $120,000 to demolish the building. The council said the building is a public safety issue and the city needed to intervene.

The city plans to get that money back from the building owner.

Many Chattanoogans lined Market Street Wednesday to watch as the historic building came crumbling down.

"This is so unsafe," said one bystander.

"It's been a little crazy since all this happened," added another.

From the NewsChannel 9 SkyCam, we saw contractors taking chunks out of the roof with a trackhoe.

Cheeburger Cheeburger has been a Market Street staple since 1989.

The now half-demolished building has sat on Chattanooga's riverfront for more than a century.

"We're really sad to see the whole building go," said Max Stephenson, GM of Pucketts. "They've been here a long time."

He's hoping the owners will rebuild.

At last check, only a third of the building has been demolished. Contractors plan to continue demolition again Thursday morning.