Historical shopping center to be demolished

      The Tuscaloosa City Council voted to demolish Leland Shopping Center in the Alberta City community. (

      {}{}{}{} Tuscaloosa's first shopping center will soon come down.

      {}{}{}{} Tuesday night, city council voted unanimously to demolish the Leland Shopping Center in the Alberta Community.

      {}{}{}{} It was build in 1959, but in recent years much of the strip mall had fallen into disrepair.{} The building also took a blow from last year's tornado.

      {}{}{}{} Owners said they didn't have plans to repair the building, so city leaders began the demolition process.

      {}{}{}{} Two businesses, Family{}Dollar and the long-time Wright's Restaurant{}are still operating in the{}shopping center but plan to move soon.

      {}{}{}{} Councilman Kip Tyner tells ABC 33/40 that a Birmingham based shopping center developer is looking at the property and it could be a perfect location for a Hotel-Retail proposal.{}