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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Sparks are flying at the old Coca-Cola bottling plant on Clinton Avenue. It looks like some kind of demolition is going on, but many are wondering what exactly is happening to the facility.  The former plant on Clinton Avenue has been vacant for awhile now. This is the first sign of real movement since the plant closed in the summer of 2012.

“We have high hopes for that piece of property, it’s one of the gateways into downtown and the core of downtown,” said Michelle Jordan with the City of Huntsville’s Planning Department.

It’s obvious there is some heavy duty construction work being done inside the structure. Workers at the site told WHNT News 19 that they work for Tennessee Valley Recycling, LLC. They told us that crews have been working for about two weeks, stripping the entire building of all its precious metals and getting ready for demolition.

They told us another contracting company will be coming in to complete the demolition. The building used to be owned by Big Springs, Inc. but we’re told a private company purchased it.

What they have chosen to do with it still remains unknown. WHNT News 19 did speak with Downtown Huntsville, Inc. CEO Chad Emerson. He told us something looks like it’s happening but he couldn’t elaborate at this time.

However, he said you can be sure that whatever goes in this location will be a good fit for the growing area.