PARMA, Ohio - On Tuesday, construction workers finished up final preparations, inside and outside of the former Parmatown Macy's building, in advance of Wednesday's demolition.
The demolition marks a major phase in the transformation of The Shoppes at Parma from the original Parmatown Mall, which opened in 1956.
The public is invited Wednesday to a Wrecking Ball Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.
While area residents will be able to stand outside and brave the cold temperatures to watch the wrecking ball make its first strike, mall management said there is a warmer option for the public.
"For those that don't want to brave the weather and stand outside and watch it, you can certainly park in the parking lot and view it from your vehicle," said The Shoppes at Parma general manager John Kokinchak.
For those unable to make it to Wednesday's event, there will be plenty of opportunities to watch the structure come down. The demolition of the former Macy's building will take approximately 30 days.
Overall, 90 percent of the 305,000-square-foot building will be recycled with less than 10 percent of demolition materials going to landfills.