Thursday, January 03, 2008
The city's Preservation Board will be granting approval to demolish this small, but handsome, building at 2217 Olive at its meeting next Tuesday. The owners wish to use the land as a parking lot for an adjacent business. The Board initially denied the demolition application but will be granting approval of the building's owners, stating, "the building has suffered catastrophic parapet and roof failure on the western side and is an imminent danger to public safety."
While the building may seem small and insignificant, it is located in an area that has seen a remarkable amount of rehab activity in recent years. Its relatively small size makes it a good candidate for renovation, and the small vacant lot to its east would be ideal for a small-scale, complementary infill project. Instead, more of the historic fabric of this little section of downtown will be destroyed in favor of more parking spaces, which are already abundant in this area.
Additional building information and commentary from Ecology of Absence: Link
The Preservation Board's recommendation: Link