The U.S. Olympic Museum has begun demolition of structures at its site in downtown Colorado Springs. The land for the museum, donated by Nor’wood Development Group, is on the west side of Sierra Madre Street at the western end of Vermijo Avenue.

“The U.S. Olympic Museum is making great strides,” U.S. Olympic Museum Chairman Dick Celeste said in a news release Thursday. “This is our first visible step in the process to create a world-class institution that will honor U.S. Olympians and Paralympians and convey the excitement of their journey to completion.

Prior to the spring 2016 groundbreaking, contractors will remove railroad spur tracks, asphalt and concrete. The general contractor is G.E. Johnson of Colorado Springs.

“A catalyst in the Southwest Urban Renewal District, the U.S. Olympic Museum will generate additional tourism and jobs for our local economy,” said Mayor John Suthers in the release. “We can take great pride in this unique asset as a celebration of our city’s identity and the accomplishments of our athletes.”