Covering Houston County: Dothan's Downtown Development Project

Dothan, AL (WSFA) --  The city of Dothan rolled out the heavy machinery Saturday.  They demolished the old Personality Shop on East Main street.

The demolition is another move in the revitalization of downtown Dothan.  They're hoping this is another boost in momentum.

"We have some buildings that are in significant disrepair and there has to be some decision points made on whether or not those buildings are worth saving," said Todd McDonald, of the Planning and Development Office.

This property along with others are all owned by different people.  However, the city is making it work.

"We have a lot of different property owners to work with.  We have a long way to go, but I think there's momentum, there's a lot of things happening and I think there's a lot of interested people," said city manager Mike West.

Interest comes with work, though.  The city knows the process is long term.

"It's a challenge to us, it's challenge to how do we keep the inner city viable," said West.

When he was growing up, West said, urban renewal meant tearing down anything old.

However, he's passionate about old buildings.

"We want it to be uniquely Dothan, with a nice place to visit and pedestrian friendly," said West.

At first, the main focus will be the 100 and 200 blocks of Foster St.

The lot where the Personality Shop stood, will be used to create more parking for downtown.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis