In March, the City Council approved plans for the four-story apartment project. Prometheus also is redeveloping the Western Appliance property next door.
The demolition removes a nuisance for police, who had arrested several people for trespassing before a fire broke out inside on April 28. Two 15-year-old Mountain View boys were arrested for trespassing at the Tropicana earlier in the day of the fire, according to Sgt. Dan Vicencio of the Mountain View Police Department. Transients and others have been known to climb the fence and loiter inside the abandoned building, he said.