A portion of the old Red Rose Inn & Suites was torn down Wednesday, Aug. 10, to make way for green space at the future drug and alcohol rehabilitation center the motel is being converted to.
Wetherington Tractor Service performed the demolition, starting at 7 a.m. It expected to take a couple more days to complete. The building was about 150 feet long. The foundation of the building was aging.
The City Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of the eastern half of the 270-room inn in November 2015 for the motel to be used as an 80-room rehabilitation center, operated by Florida Rehabilitation and Recovery Services.
The traditional-sized rooms in the eastern half of the facility will be rooms for clients. The larger suites will be offices for nurses and physicians, as well as group therapy rooms.