Crews to begin demolition of American Cigar Factory in Norfolk

This image from August of 2014 shows the American Cigar Factory after part of the building collapsed. No one was injured in the incident. The building is set to be demolished this week. Image Credit: WAVY/Chris Omahen

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Demolition is scheduled to start on the old American Cigar Factory this week.

Part of the building in Norfolk on East Princess Anne Road collapsed back in August of 2014. No one was hurt in the incident.

The old tobacco warehouse was built in 1902.

There was a push to rehab the building to preserve the history. However, last week a Norfolk judge ordered the demolition. The judge said in late April the owners failed to provide financing documents to the city for construction.

During the demo, East Princess Anne Road will be closed between Park Avenue and Tidewater Drive until mid-May, when the work is scheduled to finish.

The detour via E. Virginia Beach Boulevard is:

  • From E. Princess Anne Road at Park Avenue (heading west)
    1. Turn left at Park Avenue
    2. Turn right at E. Virginia Beach Boulevard
    3. Turn right at Tidewater Drive
    4. Arrive at E. Princess Anne Road
  • From E. Princess Anne Road at Tidewater Drive (heading east)
    1. Turn left at Tidewater Drive
    2. Turn right and continue into the E. Virginia Beach Boulevard loop
    3. Turn left at Park Avenue

Stay with WAVY.com for updates on the building’s scheduled demolition.