TAMPA — It started with the loading docks.
An excavator has begun tearing down the Tampa Tribune building, the first step in removing the riverfront property that housed the 123-year-old newspaper, which closed after it was purchased by the Tampa Bay Times in May 2016.
The waterfront property, located on the west side of the Hillsborough River just south of the University of Tampa, was sold to Miami-based Related Group in 2015. The company intends to erect an eight-story, 400-unit apartment complex in its place. A representative for the company could not be reached for comment this morning.
For months, workers have been preparing the site for demolition, removing dumpsters worth of newspapers, desks and office chairs, and ripping out landscaping and asphalt.
Contact Alli Knothe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @KnotheA.