What’s the future of the old Huntsville Times property on Memorial Parkway?

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - If you've driven Memorial Parkway lately, you may have noticed a big change at the old Huntsville Times property.  Half the building is gone and it will soon be an empty lot.

The Times moved out of this building in 2013, and the site has huge potential in the future.

With not a lot of luck on the market, owners decided the chances of selling the property would increase without the empty building, so demolition has started.

Although this is an iconic building for Huntsville, city officials hope the demolition will make room for future development that could benefit the city.

Chad Emerson with Downtown Huntsville Inc. believes the property has a lot of potential.

"The former Huntsville Times building is a really important connection between south Huntsville and downtown Huntsville" said Emerson.

And downtown Huntsville has been attracting a lot of people.

"Really that part of the Parkway, when you consider all the way from Twickenham Square all the way through the Whole Foods development with Lowe Mill on the other side," said Emerson. "It's really becoming a destination in that part of town."

Future developments have the chance to enhance the attraction, and with the AMF Bowling Alley empty lot next door, there are a lot of possibilities for development.

For now, The Huntsville Times property is still for sale.

We'll continue to follow this story and let you know of any development plans.