- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Hot Springs board of directors has settled on who should demolish the fire-damaged Majestic Hotel.

While some residents were hopeful a portion of the 90-year-old building could be saved after a February 2014 fire, City Manager David Frasher said that when he visited the hotel recently, “it was raining on every floor.”

The Hot Springs Sentinel Record reported Friday (https://bit.ly/1RZoRLE) that Frasher toured the building after receiving a letter from Preserve Arkansas, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving historic buildings. The group’s director asked the city to give a full review before tearing down the former hotel.

The board will vote June 21 on awarding a demolition contract to the lowest bidder, DT Specialized Services of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It bid just over $1 million for the contract.

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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, https://www.hotsr.com

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