FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Fort Valley has been demolished. Now, just buildings away, workers are tearing down the old BB&T bank.
A Dollar General Market will replace the bank. The store will be twice the size of the old bank and unlike a typical Dollar General, this store will also carry dairy and produce. But Jo Ann Dankel is not happy about the changes. She feels elected officials are leaving the historic feel of the community in the past.
"It's just sad, the whole thing is just sad," Dankel said.
Dankel was one of many residents pushing to restore the Coca-Cola building. The historic building was protected by the National Register of Historic Places, but an address mix-up led to its demolition. A Wendy's is going up in its place. The old BB&T bank isn't historically protected but Dankel feels it adds insult to injury.
"Nothing is protected," Dankel said, "everything is up for grabs.
She's now calling elected officials to rethink Historic Fort Valley, before all of the past is left behind.