Historic Phenix City Citizen's Bank building being demolished

The nearly 100-year-old Citizen's Bank building at the corner of Broad and Dillingham Street in Phenix City is being torn down this morning. By 11:30 a.m, the old building -- which some insist was an eyesore -- was nothing but a large pile of bricks and other debris.

The city recently purchased the historic property recently from brothers Tillman and Tommy Pugh for $200,000 and have wasted little time in getting demolition crews on the site just across the Dillingham Street Bridge.

Tillman Pugh, reached this morning, called it a "sad state."

"But there was nothing I could do about it," Pugh said.

The building, which Pugh's research shows was constructed in 1913, has been used as a bank, drug store and hardware store. In recent years it has been at the center of a storm as Mead built a riverfront corporate building behind it. That building has since been sold to Russell County for a government building.