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Howard Johnson Hotel at Fort Lauderdale Beach Demolished

The former beachfront Howard Johnson Hotel was demolished Wednesday as developers are set to put up a luxury condominium in its place

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    Howard Johnson Hotel at Fort Lauderdale Beach Demolished

    The former beachfront Howard Johnson Hotel was demolished Wednesday as developers are set to put up a luxury condominium in its place. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014)

    The former beachfront Howard Johnson Hotel was demolished Wednesday as developers are set to put up a luxury condominium in its place.

    Construction crews began tearing down the hotel at 700 North Atlantic Boulevard at 8 a.m.

    Hundreds showed up to watch the building come down, which ended up taking just a few seconds once all the equipment was set.

    "Without warning it came on down, it was pretty neat," Steve Bauer said.

    The demolition did create a cloud of dust that blanketed a few hotels, condo buildings and nearby cars, but the company provided free car washes to motorists.

    In it's place will go an 18-story, 95-residence tower, the Paramount Fort Lauderdale Beach.


    Developers say the Paramount will be the first true residential condo on the beach in a decade, and will feature full-service resort amenities including a private pool, spa, cabanas, gym and restaurant.

    Units will range from 1,930 to 3,477 square feet, with the price tag starting at $1 million.

    "When you get about maybe 95 luxury units in there I think it’s going to help support the economy," Fort Lauderdale resident David Wood said.