Commission denies Douglass House demolition permit

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission voted today to not give a demolition permit to demolish the Douglass House. 

Home of prominent businessman and owner of the Douglass Theatre, Charles Douglass House has been in the spotlight due to the current property owner wishing to place a Dunkin Donuts on the property.

Property owner Lou Patel, was asked by community members to not demolish the house.

Patel agreed to give the house to community members, and allow them to raise the funds needed to move.

The agreement was that the community would not oppose demolition if the 120 thousand was not collected by October 13th.

Chris Sheridan, owner of Chris Sheridan & Co General Contractors, initiated the moving funds.

“It was agreed, a gentlemen’s agreement, by Historic Macon and the Mayors Office and Chris Sheridan, the mayor the arbitrator, that they would not oppose the demolition permit if they could not raise the money by October 13th.” said Rollins.

So far the community has collected 90 thousand of the 120 thousand dollars needed to move the house off the property.

With the vote to not allow demolition, the deadline is now extended to the end of the month.

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