As long-time visitors to the National Corvette Museum for more than 25 years, my family and I have spent a few nights at the Country Hearth Inn, located at 395 Corvette Drive across from the Museum.
Even when we weren’t staying there, we always enjoyed looking in the parking lot to see the various Corvettes spending the night. Based on the condition of the motel the last time we stayed there several years ago, though, we can’t honestly say we’re sorry to see it go.
The National Corvette Museum Foundation has acquired the property, and starting today, the building is being used by the Bowling Green Fire Department for training exercises before it’s eventually demolished, beginning next week. The Museum announced no immediate plans to develop the property, but personally, we’d love to see an upgraded motel there since the land is so close to the NCM (a little more soundproofing this time would be nice, since I-65 is so close, too!).
“The demolition of the structure adds to the beautification of the National Corvette Museum’s campus and also allows us to support our community by providing a training space for our local fire department and ensuring the proper recycling of the building’s materials to help protect our environment,” says Sharon A. Brawner, president and CEO of the NCM.
The Museum is “proud” to be collaborating on this project with the Bowling Green Fire Department, International Center, and Scott and Ritter, Brawner added.
A spokesman for the fire department said they are “grateful” to be able to use the old motel for training exercises. “Acquired structures provide great value to the BGFD,” says Katie McKee, Bowling Green Fire Department public information officer. “We intend on using this opportunity to improve our service to the community through multiple personnel training scenarios throughout the next three days.”
Earlier, members of the Bowling Green High School basketball team removed furniture, appliances, and miscellaneous items that were donated to the International Center, and the National Corvette Museum and Scott and Ritter decided to make next week’s demolition more environmentally friendly by recycling the concrete and other materials.
“During the demolition, any recyclable materials will be removed and recycled. This does require more labor in the segregation process, but it saves volume in the landfill and helps protect our environment. The inert material, brick, concrete, etc., will also be segregated from the more deleterious materials and will be processed into a mineral aggregate and repurposed,” said Larkin Ritter of Scott and Ritter.
Crews expect to begin tearing down the old motel on Monday, Oct. 4, at approximately 6 a.m., and the demolition could take up to eight days, weather permitting.
The National Corvette Museum is pleased to help with the continuing education of our first responders and hopes that the potential life-saving measures can be another step towards making our community safer, a spokesman said.
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