Crews to demolish remaining part of historic Kilby Hotel in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A demolition crew is being brought in to knock down the rest of the historic Kilby Hotel building in High Point after it started crumbling early Wednesday morning.

Officials say the wall and roof of the 104-year-old hotel, which is located on Washington Drive, caved in overnight.

Crews were preparing to take down one of the damaged walls around 3:15 p.m. when a large portion of the historic hotel collapsed.

City officials say that at this point, the building is basically gone.

It is unclear what the future holds for the hotel, but potential developers would have to rebuild rather than restore.

Just a couple of weeks ago, a California-based group expressed interest in saving the hotel in downtown High Point.

The hotel, first deemed unsafe in 2012, has been unstable and in danger of collapsing for awhile, according to structural engineers. The roof of the building partially collapsed over a year ago.

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