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SALT LAKE CITY -- A fast-food restaurant that was abandoned more than a decade ago was demolished Wednesday to make way for a new development.
Future tenants were excited to see a deserted Dairy Queen on the corner of 1300 S. and 1100 E. demolished.
"It was nice to see that come down because it's been such an eyesore in the community for so long," said Paul Holbrook, owner and founder of H Performance.
Holbrook took on a personal role in the demolition when the backhoe operator asked him if he would like to "take the first swipe."
"That was unexpected," said Holbrook. "I've never done that before. It was a little intimidating, but I felt like a little kid, too."
The new complex will house a personal training gym, restaurant, boutique and nurse practitioner, according to Greg Ross, owner of Northstar Builders.
The two-story brick building was designed to resemble the surrounding neighborhood.
"I think that the fact that it'll be built to look like a building that's been here for awhile--that's what I'm excited about," said Ross.
Construction is expected to be complete in about four months.