By AP And Staff Reports
A group of historic preservationists has formed to try to prevent the demolition of the building that once housed the Atlanta Daily World.
A public hearing on the building’s fate is planned for March 28 before the Urban Design Commission.
The tornado-damaged building has been vacant since 2008, when a twister that tore through downtown Atlanta severely damaged the building.
A developer, the Integral Group, has submitted a demolition application to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. Integral wants to incorporate the site into new construction on the corner to put 91 apartments at the site.
The building is owned by individual members of the Scott Family, who made a decision to sell the builidng because it was too expensive to repair.
The Integral Group plan calls for demolishing some of the building, but leaving the façade from the original structure. Preservationists don’t think that’s acceptable. They say that many other historic buildings in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood have been torn down, one reason they’re trying to save the building at 145 Auburn Avenue.
“Atlanta can say, ‘Yes, we’re the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement,’ but we’ve destroyed any evidence of that,” said Boyd Coons, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center.
The Atlanta Daily World was founded in 1928 by William A. Scott II. The newspaper was recently acquired by a partnership led by owners of Detroit-based Real Times Media. It now operates out of a location in East Point.
On Wednesday, the Fulton County Commission approved a resolution to save the building.