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Century old building demolished to make way for project

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Baer Fabrics went out of business in 2008. Baer Fabrics went out of business in 2008.
Tom Owens Tom Owens

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Portions of a century old building are being dismantled in the alley of the former Baer Fabrics on East Market as demolition preparations continue to make way for a portion of the Ohio River Bridges project.

The Baer building facade still boasts its previous tenant as crews sift through anything valuable inside.

Sunny Brinley with HCL Demolition said, "We've got people stripping out the old tin ceiling panels, furnace work and then taking out flooring and carpet."

Its predecessor, Lang Furniture Company, is now revealed in the stripped away foyer spent decades of success along market.

The building has been empty since Baer went out of business in 2008 and soon it will be leveled to rebuild the Interstate 65 approach.

Louisville Historian and Archivist for Regional History at University of Louisville Tom Owen explained, "Whenever you put an expressway over or inserted into a neighborhood, it becomes a gigantic dividing gash."

Owen is a realist and recognizes progress has to happen to move forward instead of living in the past, "There is going to be an effort, there's going to be an effort to try and heal that giant divider."

Baer Fabrics will soon be an empty lot, a reality we will all have to realize once the wrecking ball finishes its job.

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