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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A popular bar in Valdosta known as The Game Room has been demolished. It was the scene of a murder and arson just two months ago. And police say it attracted a lot of crime. WALB News Ten's Lydia Jennings tells us why it was torn down and what could go in its place.

A murder in early January and an arson the day after are just two of the many crimes that took place at this Valdosta hangout spot. The Game Room was on the police department's radar for years and the chief says he's glad its gone.

"It was an eye sore and it was certainly a nuisance issue for us. But anytime you have a loss of life over there, we just can't tolerate that," said Brian Childress, Valdosta Police Chief.

Members of the community urged the Vallotton family, who owned the property, to tear it down, and after working with city leaders, the building saw its last day on Sunday.

The only sign left of The Game Room is now just a pile of dirt, but there is one clear message still left on the property, and that sign reads no drugs and no loitering.

"Just to have it removed and having the community and the city and the owners coming together to say 'enough,' that was a good day," said Childress.

Roddy Vickers has lived in this neighborhood his whole life and says demolishing the building won't solve any of the crime issues.

"The same crime that was at the corner, they just move right around here in the neighborhood. You need to use that building as a police substation," said Vickers.

Talks of building a community center, or a park have been discussed but the city has not made any moves to buy the property.

"Whatever they do there, so long as The Game Room is not going to be there anymore, that's going to be a positive influence for the community," said Childress.

Police say they'll still monitor the Troup Street area, as if The Game Room was still there.

For anyone interested in buying the property contact Vallorbe, Inc. at 229-242-2303.

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