Demolition begins on New Bern old Days Inn

Demolition of the old Days Inn in New Bern began Thursday morning. (Keith Jones/NewsChannel12)

NEW BERN, Craven County - Demolition has finally begun at the abandoned Days Inn hotel in New Bern.

The demolition started Thursday morning and the streets were lined with people eager to watch it come down. Many are glad what they call an eyesore is on its way down. The building was once a thriving part of the New Bern community and Myra Alford remembers spending time in the hotel's pool.

"I used to get in the water too," Alford said. "But I never got in the deep end, I stayed in three feet. Those were the good old times, the good old days."

Others we spoke with had hope the building would be restored into something useful for the community. But owners Kepri Hospitality LLC ran out of time to make something happen before the city ordered the building demolished.