Building of the Southwest demolished

MIDLAND, Tx (KOSA) -- On Saturday morning, the City of Midland demolished the Building of the Southwest. While many people watched from street level downtown, others got a more aerial view, to go with breakfast and drinks.

“Yes brunch is always a good way to go,” Stephen Gonzalez said. “You know, see a building fall down. Get coffee. I can’t complain.”

The DoubleTree by Hilton Midland Plaza threw a demolition party at its rooftop bar, offering people a unique experience for the implosion.

“It was fast, but it was actually pretty cool,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve never seen anything like this, so it was very interesting to see.”

“Well if you’re not ready with your Facebook Live, you’re going to miss something because it’s three seconds long,” John James joked. “But it was really cool.”

Bloody Marys and mimosas aside, it was an event for the whole family.

“I think what was even more fun was seeing all the young kids that were here going wild,” James said. “Because this will be a memory that sticks with them for the rest of their lives.”

Also exciting for those in attendance is the continued re-development of midland’s downtown.

“Downtowns are the lifeblood of any community,” James said. “And so although we just saw something go down, it’s going to be amazing to see what grows from that.”

Once the rubble is cleared, Mayor Jerry Morales said the city will use the area for more downtown parking, while trying to find a developer to set up commercial or residential space.