HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The Hot Springs City Board has voted to buy the remnants of the historic Majestic Hotel downtown.
City Manager David Watkins says the board voted 6 to 0 Thursday evening to begin the process of purchasing the 5-acre property for about $680,000 from the Missouri owner.
A portion of the hotel was destroyed in February 2014 fire, leaving piles of debris next to the remaining structure.
Watkins says once the sale goes through, the city will make cleaning up the fire debris its first priority but demolishing the rest of the hotel will also be high on the list.
Once the building is removed, he said the city is considering its options for the property including a possible park or amphitheater.
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