November 10, 2016
The city of Amarillo, TX began demolition on an old Coca-Cola plant at 701 S. Lincoln. The removal of the 75,000-square-foot plant is expected to last about 8-10 weeks, and the city hopes it can entice a Major League Baseball-affiliated team to make a home there.
The city has yet to nail down a contract with a team, but Amarillo mayor Paul Harpole indicated there are “multiple possibilities.” In the meantime, construction has been underway on three projects nearby, including an Embassy Suites Convention Hotel, a garage and office building, and retail space.
However, once the demotion of the Coca-Cola plant is completed, the lot will be seeded and remain vacant until a baseball contract is in place, or until the city comes up with another plan. To meet the proposed 2018 “opening day” timeline, the city would need to have a contract in place by the end of this year.
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