Demolition process underway for former Whirlpool plant

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) — The demolition process is underway for the former Whirlpool plant in Cleveland.

“Just a few days ago I am so thankful that our partners with Whirlpool fulfilled their promise that these buildings would begin to go down which will make way for what will truly be an amazing opportunity for our downtown redevelopment,” Mayor Kevin Brooks said.

A consultant will help create a vision for how this spot can help the downtown.

“I am so grateful that our partners at whirlpool said we will be apart of that and we will take down the buildings to make room for sports complexes and downtown green-ways and parks. Parking garages, we constantly here about the parking in downtown and I am incredibly excited about what tomorrow holds thanks to this wonderful opportunity that is behind me,” Mayor Brooks said.

Mayor Brooks says the end result will take time.

“We don’t want it to be a quick turn. We want to do this the way it should be done, to develop downtown to bring in professionals who have helped develop downtown industrial areas just like this,” Mayor Brooks said.

While plans are not set in stone, the Cleveland Mayor is looking forward to the possibilities.

“Cleveland, Tennessee, downtown Cleveland is just like so many towns where the industrial complexes of yesterday are now making wave for the green-ways and the walkways and the quality of life for our next generation and the generation of tomorrow,” Mayor Brooks said.

The demolition is expected to take several months to complete.

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