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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Urban Design Commission pushes back against effort to partially demolish historic Crum & Forster building

City commission rejects panels report that said renovating historic building along Spring Street wasnt economically feasible
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  • City commission rejects panel's report that said renovating historic building along Spring Street wasn't economically feasible
Good news for preservationists who have spent years trying to prevent the Georgia Tech Foundation from demolishing most of the historic Crum & Forster building at Tech Square to eventually make way for a new development and tower. Reports Maria Saporta:

The Atlanta urban Design Commission voted unanimously Wednesday evening to not accept the findings of an Economic Review Panel that had sided with the Georgia Tech Foundation’s application to demolish the rear two-thirds of the building.

The vote of the commission in effect denies the Georgia Tech Foundation from getting a demolition permit for the historic building. [...]

It was quite a victory because it is relatively rare for the commission to deny the findings of an Economic Review Panel. More than three-fourths of the Commission’s board members have to agree in order to overturn a recommendation of the independent three-person panel.

Midtown Patch's Hunt Archibold also has a thorough write-up of last night's meeting. The university foundation still has a lawsuit pending against the city in Fulton County Superior Court over granting historic landmark status to the 85-year-old building in 2008.

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