CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After years of fruitless efforts to reinvigorate it, Eastland Mall is coming down.

Demolition crews from Environmental Holdings Group are about a week into heavy demolition, and the firm expects to be done in six months, said Victor Wilson, a manager for the company.

Working under an $871,000 contract with the city, the crews are ripping down some 1.2 million square feet of the old mall, which was one of the city s retail jewels when it opened in 1975 until its slow demise, which ended with its closure in 2010.

The city, which bought the mall for $13.2 million, is in negotiations with Studio Charlotte, a development group that wants to put a massive movie studio, hotel, retail, office space and residential units on the site.

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