Another old building demolished on West Main

The 1939-built Merchant's Tire building is now just a memory as the site at 854 West Main prepares to become the Plaza at West Main, a mixed use project of 219 residential units west of the Amtrak station. This photo was taken May 1. By May 13, the building is gone and most of the rubble has been removed.

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More pictures, courtesy of Steve Trumbull's Charlottesville Then and Now:

I worked in that building in the early 1980s when it was University Firestone. It was built as Charlottesville Motors and was a Ford dealership originally. The business changed hands and became Massey Fischer Ford in the spring of 1963.