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UPDATE: Freeway Lounge demolished

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Before demolition - May 5, 2010 Before demolition - May 5, 2010
During demolition - May 6, 2010 During demolition - May 6, 2010
During demolition - May 6, 2010 During demolition - May 6, 2010
After the demolition - May 6, 2010 After the demolition - May 6, 2010

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- A Cedar Rapids bar destroyed in the 2008 floods is now gone.

The final walls of the Freeway Express Lounge, which was housed in a building owned by Linn County, came crashing down shortly before 9:00 Thursday morning.

The building, which sat at the corner of 8th Avenue and 3rd Street SW in Cedar Rapids, was heavily damaged during the floods.

Julie Burnside, the final owner of the bar, says she is sad that it's gone, but is also glad that it's gone because everything she has had to deal with since the floods is over.

Linn County plans to build a new Juvenile Law Center and Courthouse on the property.

The new building will be one foot above the 2008 record flood level and will be home to court functions that were originally housed in the lower level of the Linn County Courthouse on May's Island.

Bids for the new building will go out later this month and construction is expected to begin this summer.

Kelly Demolition of Mount Vernon performed the demolition of the building and Active Thermal Concepts in Hiawatha completed the asbestos removal.

Some historic elements of the building, including the tin ceiling, were removed by The Salvage Barn in Iowa City.

Many people watched as the building was demolished and walked away with mementoes like bricks and pieces of the sign that adorned the building.

Tonight on the KWWL News at 6, hear more from the bar's last owner and learn a little about the history of the building.

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