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City of Memphis demolishing dairy plant

(WMC- TV) - The famous milk plant in South Memphis is being demolished.

The work just started Thursday.

You've probably seen it before, it's the biggest milk jug on earth.

Now it's on the ground, because the building it was on top of is being demolished as part of a project to bring a family and children's center to South Memphis.

The building went up in the 1930s.

For decades it was home to Reed Brothers Dairy plant, but it's been empty for the past 20 years.

Now the city of Memphis is knocking down the building to make way for a new project.

The South Memphis Alliance is planning to replace the dairy plant with the Essa Mae Family and Children's center.

Executive Director Reginald Milton said the new facility will help attack the infant mortality rate, serve young families and small children, expand foster services, and bring a new positive, functional landmark to South Memphis.

"The residents here, they're hearty people. They're dedicated. They want the same things everyone else do. To see this happen it's great. There's no other word for it, it's great," he said.

There is no target date for completion of the new building. The South Memphis Alliance has to raise the money first.

As for the milk jug, it'll be donated to the children's museum so that it's not just thrown out.

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