Demolition of the old Lexington Mall on Richmond Road began back in May. Now, eight months later, the construction site looks much different.
From the Lexington Mall to the future site of the Southland Christian Church Learning and Worship center, the project has come a long way.
"The steal balcony structure was completed about 3 or 4 weeks ago. My guys are in the process right now of forming the slab for the stage," says project executive, Reggie Smith, of Messer Construction.
While Messer Construction is leading the project, Southland put its own touch on the construction site by placing scriptures inside of the columns.
There will be a double staircase leading up to the balcony inside of the worship center which will seat 2,800 people.
The Old Dillard's building will be turned into the Learning Center; home to future classrooms and nurseries.
Crews are hard at work "fire proofing" the building, applying a material that is designed to make the building safer.
With construction right on track Southland Christian Church plans to hold its first service a year from right now.
"You know to see something that looks so bad and to turn into something so great is rewarding for us," adds Smith.
Crews are anxious to see the final product in January of 2013 and believe the community will be pleased with the end result,"I think they'll love it and it's definitely something brighter for this side of town."
Despite it being the wettest year on record, the rain didn't halt construction. On the rainy days, crews completed work inside.