The Road to Recovery takes another step forward for one Walker County community.
At 7 p.m. Tuesdsay, the city council and mayor are expected to approve the contract to hire a demolition company to level downtown Cordova.
The area was destroyed nearly two years ago by tornadoes and has been the site of several fires since then.
Some people are very nostalgic about the downtown and wish it could be saved.
"Hurts, you know, that it's going to be torn down like this, they got to what they got to do I guess," lifelong resident James Sickles said.
Sickles was born and raised right here and he was here when the tornadoes hit. But his lifelong memories are tied in part to this once thriving downtown that he and others wish could be saved. But city officials say these buildings can't stand.
"The buildings were unsafe, they need to come down. Some were in poor condition, they need to come down, but modern building practices, zoning code, a willing, able, energized community, it can come back, just like it was," James Ostaseski said.
Ostaseski is in charge of orchestrating the demolition.
After the city lost shopkeepers and businesses on main street, revenues plummeted. Cordova also ran into roadblocks applying for federal aid because of the historic nature of the town. Now FEMA and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) are coming to the city's aid. And this town of 2,600 is going to get a major facelift.
"To build back up, we can build back up that's walkable, sustainable, accomodates our automobile traffic, and has a beautiful park right in the middle, in the heart, it's going to be the heart of Cordova," Cordova recovery manager James Ostaseski said.
After the main square is flattened, the revamped city will be safer, and will at some point generate revenue, according to Ostaseski.
Demolition is scheduled to begin at the end of the month. Tuesday evening, the council and mayor will finalize the demolition contract with Civicon, LLC, a company out of Cullman.
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