TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (1/2/2018) - After sitting vacant for more than five years, the former terminal at MBS International Airport finally is coming down.
The process started last week.
"Within the last couple of weeks they have been bringing the dozier equipment in and stuff, and staging it over here," said Dan Kaunitz of MBS Taxi.
That equipment was apparently working sometime after Christmas, as about half of the former terminal at MBS International Airport is pretty much gone. MacKenzie Company out of Grand Ledge had the winning low bid of a little more than $400,000 to demolish the building.
Kaunitz knew the building would soon be torn down, but was surprised to see the demolition had actually started.
"This is the first time I have seen they have actually have some of the building torn down," he said.
MacKenzie Company officials could not be reach for comment on when the demolition began. The airport management staff was also not available.
The former terminal was built in the 1960s. It was replaced in November of 2012 with a new terminal, which can be seen in the distance from the demolition site.
The old structure was more than just an airport terminal. It also had the Skyroom, which is still intact at this point. The banquet center and restaurant hosted a number of parties, proms and weddings.
The last meal served there was at the end of 2012. An auction was held five years ago to sell off items from the Skyroom -- everything from pots and pans to plates.
Five years later, Kaunitz wonders what took so long to start the demolition process.
"It's been six years since the new terminal has been open and so, I don't know why they left it standing as long as they did," he said.
It's not clear when the demolition of the old terminal will resume.