Several locals watched as decades-old houses met the wrecking ball in North Bend last week to make way for a new drugstore.
Demolition came for five homes on the site of the future Bartell Drugs at Bendigo Boulevard and Park Street in North Bend.
The drugstore, planned to open in mid-2013, is a new concept store for Bartell.
One thing was salvaged from the demolition: The plants. Several large, decades-old rhododendrons and other mature vegetation were saved and relocated to the Nursery at Mount Si in March.
New homes are needed for these plants, and proceeds from sale of the rhododendrons will go to the North Bend Downtown Foundation and the downtown area.
Plants were donated by Jim and Betty Borgen, Nels Melgaard and The Nursery at Mount Si, the city of North Bend Economic Development Office, the North Bend Downtown Foundation and Tom Sroufe, who helped facilitate the partnership.
All rhododendrons can be purchased at Nursery at Mount Si.
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Marilyn Woods, a North Bend resident for 35 years, watches the demolition