Review board recommends to deny Douglass House demolition

Review board recommends to deny Douglass House demolition

Supporters and those against demolition spoke in front of the Design Review Board on Monday.
Macon, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Monday’s meeting ended with the Design Review Board recommending the Macon-Bibb County’s Planning & Zoning Commission deny demolition to the Douglass House.

Supporters of the historic building presented reasons why the building is an important piece of Macon’s history.

Owner of the home, Lou Patel says he has more than $250,000 invested into the home, and increasing loan debt he needs to pay back soon.

Real estate broker Jim Rollins says Patel offered to extend time to Rep. James Beverly, D-Macon, Mercer University and Historic Macon to close a purchase on the property.

Rollins adds the house has been vacant for more than 42 years, but his client made an effort to repurpose the structure.

“The Douglass House was under contract for possible use as a restaurant, but that effort failed due to rehab cost and lack of available parking space,” says Rollins.

At the end of Rollins comments, he added the community needs to step up and support Beverly to raise money to purchase the Douglass House from Patel.

“It can’t sit for another minute, let alone 42 more years.”

Rollins and Patel are asking August 31 be the deadline for the demolition permit.
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