The old Croy Lumber building at 121 1/2 Pike St. came crashing to the ground thanks to a crew from Ken Strahler Masonry Thursday morning.
In addition to its original use as a lumber supply facility, the three-story building had served as a warehouse and recycling center in later years. Neighborhood residents said they were glad to see the aging structure demolished.
"There were a lot of critters living in there, and the building was really a fire hazard-it's good to see it come down," said Howard Yost who lives in the Marietta Mills apartment building next door.
Yost said now that the building has been removed he'll have a much better view of the city from his apartment.
Randall Perry, a partner in Greene, Pike, LLC, the property's current owners, said the site was originally purchased for a possible office complex location, but has now been on the real estate market for the last six months.
"It really had to come down," he said, adding that the property would be seeded in grass once the debris is removed.