The Wrecking Ball Gets to Work

Plans for Bay County's new 11th Street office complex are officially in motion.

Demolition crews started tearing down the existing 11th Street Shopping Center early Wednesday morning.

The center was home to the old Gibson’s store in the 1960’s and 70’s before it closed. Since then a number of various businesses and state agencies, like the food stamp office, were located there.

Bay County commissioners purchased the property last year. The county plans to build a new administrative office complex and county library on the property.

The 4-story office complex will cost about 20-million dollars. The library will cost about 9-million.

Anticipated opening for the 55-thousand square foot library is spring of 2008.

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