Photo by Chris Cooper Demolition is scheduled to begin again soon on the square in Russellville after a month-long stall.

Photo by Chris Cooper

Demolition is scheduled to begin again soon on the square in Russellville after a month-long stall.

Demolition will soon begin again on the old Southern Deposit Bank building on the corner of East 4th and Main Streets in Russellville, said property owner Deborah Hirsch.

"The weather is finally cooperating for us to begin again," said Hirsch.

According to Russellville's Zoning and Building Administrator, Bill Pearson, the demolition ran into some issues with asbestos.

"There were a few panels discovered that had asbestos," said Pearson. "The state has been monitoring this closely and the project had gotten held up. It's my understanding, demolition will begin today or tomorrow with the state looking on."

Hirsch said some glass panels were questionable as to what was in them, and because of this, she has had to hire an abatement firm to properly haul off the questionable material.

"If you can't identify the material, you have to assume it may be hazardous," said Hirsch. "This is a little minor thing, more of a license than anything else. But we will follow what the state requires. Everything will be done the way it has to be."

Hirsch also mentioned the new foundations will have to wait until the weather is better.

"We are doing this slow and methodically and making sure everything is done right," Hirsch added. As far as a timeline, "It will take however long it takes. We won't move on until it's done."

Hirsch has plans to build two boutique hotels on the corners of East 4th and Main Streets.

A boutique hotel, according to Hirsch, strives to be one-of-a-kind and has an independent attitude. Its clientele is individualistic and dedicated to recognizing unique excellence among luxury. Hirsch will be seeking patronage from executives from local industry who now travel out of the area to Bowling Green and Clarksville, Tenn., to stay.

There will also be an event room in one of the hotels for weddings and other large gatherings.

Demolition began on the old Duncan's Drug Store building, which has been cleared.

The Duncan project, said Hirsch, will take approximately 16 months to complete, whereas the Hotel Gaelle, due to its size, will take more like 20 months. It is not like building a warehouse, luxury takes time."

Hirsch is the owner-operator of Ariella Bistro and Bar located just off the square. When she moved to Russellville in 2005, she began acquiring property downtown.

Photo by Chris Cooper

A portion of East 4th Street has been closed once again in preparation of demolishing the old Southern Deposit Bank building.

Photo by Chris Cooper

Demolition is scheduled to begin again soon on the square in Russellville after a month-long stall.