Mayor Drew Gilbert recently issued a public invitation via Facebook for a final time of fellowship in downtown before the buildings start coming down Tuesday morning.
Gilbert said one last gathering seemed fitting as community members spend the next week contemplating demolition and the second anniversary of the tornadoes.
“From my generation that watched the perpetual decline over our entire lives, to my grandfather's generation that shot pool, watched movies and apparently had their choice of five or six fuel stations in downtown, we all are saying goodbye to our own version of what downtown was to us,” Gilbert said.
Main Street, which has been fenced off since shortly after the April 27, 2011 tornadoes, will be open for the event.
Residents will not be allowed to enter the buildings, but photographs will be permitted from the street level.
Gilbert will be using his Mayor’s Fund to provide refreshments for the block party.
One of Gilbert’s promises during last year’s campaign was to donate his salary to the city for small monthly projects to assist in the recovery and beautification of Cordova.
“The entire idea behind it was to show an act of selflessness that promotes a certain community spirit that will be required as we recover from Mother Nature's wrath. This seemed like the perfect moment to grill some hot dogs with my neighbors and share some stories of our beloved city,” Gilbert said.
Demolition is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.