Demolition of Gwinnett’s derelict Olympic tennis venue starts today

The demolition of Gwinnett County’s derelict Olympic tennis venue will begin this afternoon — at least in a ceremonial sense.

Officials from the county, the Evermore Community Improvement District and the Stone Mountain Memorial Association will gather Tuesday afternoon at the Stone Mountain Tennis Center, the arena that's fallen into disrepair since being built and used for Atlanta's 1996 Summer Olympics.

The Board of Commissioners approved in May a $1 million contract for demolition of the facility, which the county procured for the specific goal of finding a private company to redevelop.

Tuesday afternoon’s event will also include “the ceremonial demolition of a masonry structure in front of the stadium,” county officials said.

Officials hope the 24-acre site will be cleared and cleaned up by early 2018.