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Former BB&T Bank Demolition Underway

The town of Bel Air purchased the former BB&T Bank building on Main Street and currently plans to build a parking lot once the building is demolished.

move is likely years away, but the project to add parking in downtown Bel Air is in motion.

Demolition of the old  Bank building on Main Street has begun. The town purchased the 19,700-square-foot building at 33–37 S. Main St. in 2011 under .

The town considered relocating town hall to the site, and while the town may eventually move its main building there, for now, the plan is to have the building demolished and replaced with a parking lot.

The structure is between and the headquarters and across the street from .

See attached photos of the demolition progress.

Karl Schuub April 04, 2012 at 08:10 PM
So we basically have a million dollar parking lot right down the the street from a multi-level garage that's never full. Something about that doesn't pass the smell test. Putting a parking lot right on main street doesn't exactly add anything to ambience but I'm betting there will be a couple of "reserved for so and so" spaces.
Daniel Rozmiarek April 05, 2012 at 05:28 AM
They should sell those spots on eBay to the highest bidder for peak demand times.
David Stoll April 05, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Right behind this soon to be demolished building is the mostly empty parking garage. So what does the town do? Build a parking lot for a million bucks. Lord knows we don't have enough parking. After all, it is "1 block" to walk to the empty garage we already have.
Karl Schuub April 05, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Most expensive parking spaces in town...ought to paint the lines with liquid gold. Even if they eventually build a new government building wonder if anybody in government thought about what a horrible idea that is in the first place. You want a viable downtown you need retail shops and restaurants - a reason to bring walkers and strollers downtown in the first place. So for 4 years we have an empty lot and then on into infinity a government building bringing in no revenue, plus replacing what really belongs down there - shops and restaurants. How many ways can you spell stupid.

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