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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Demolition of the former Kress Building in downtown Youngstown is progressing.

The Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corporation, which owns the structure, is having the West Federal Street building demolished and the land will be turned into a parking lot.

The demolition work will cost about $400,000.  The agency will sell the property to the city for $500,000 when the work is complete.

The structure was built in 1920 to house the Samuel H. Kress five and dime store.

In an apparent protest of the demolition last month, someone placed two dummies holding signs in the windows of the building.

The signs read, "We should build works of public art which contribute to the cityscape and the community. Signed: S.H. Kress.What's next?"

City officials say that plans to renovate building became too pricey. In 2012, fixing up the structure was estimated at five million dollars.

Late last year, the fire chief ordered it to be torn down because a total collapse was imminent.

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