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Historical shopping center to be demolished

The Tuscaloosa City Council voted to demolish Leland Shopping Center in the Alberta City community. (abc3340.com)

{}{}{}{} 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.{}

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