Crews will tear down the old Virginia Paper Co. Building in uptown on Monday to help clear room for the Charlotte Knights new ballpark.
The work is set to begin around 7 a.m. Monday at the building located near the intersection of West Third and Graham streets. Building permits show the Knights are paying a contractor $60,000 to tear down the building.
The paper building was built in 1937 as a distribution center for wholesale paper and was among the last large industrial buildings built in the center city. In 2010, art panels by students at Hopewell High School were put over windows of the abandoned warehouse. The artwork has been returned to the Arts & Science Council, according to a spokesman for the baseball club.
BB&T Ballpark is being built on county-owned land between Mint, Third and Graham streets and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The stadium will hold up to 10,000 seats and is expected to open in time for the Knights 2014 season.
The Knights, a triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, currently play in Fort Mill. Ely Portillo contributed