Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Demolition of 20 Hilliard St. put on hold

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM

What a difference a protest makes. Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta Housing Authority Chairman Dan Halpern says the demolition of 20 Hilliard St., a two-story circa 1910 building in the Old Fourth Ward, is on hold to address community concerns. Writes Saporta:

“We are halting demolition until we do further review on both the structural integrity of the building and the environmental remediation requirements,” Halpern said. “We want to be responsive to the concerns of the preservation community.” [...]

Several issues need to be reviewed — the contamination of the soil underneath the building, what legal options AHA has regarding future use of that property, and whether the building can be saved.

“We want to work collaboratively with the preservation community to find a solution,” said Halpern, president and CEO of Jackmont Hospitality, a company founded by the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, members of his family and Halpern.

Read Saporta's full report here. Preservationists in recent days have protested the AHA's decision to raze the former laundry building - and the process it followed.

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