From the tip line:
GA Tech foundation just closed a few months ago on some property at 771 Spring St. Built in 1927, it features some very rich architecture. Of course, GA Tech can’t wait to demolish it and replace the stately building and its hundred year old trees with yet more boring glass boxes. They, at the last minute snuck onto the Midtown Neighbors Association Land Use Committee’s agenda tomorrow night.
What do they want to do? Demolish the building so that , um, they could build sidewalks that conform to ‘midtown phase 3 standards’. problems is twofold:
1. They can easily widen the sidewalks without demolishing the building and
2. they have already started demolishing the interior (without a visible permit, yikes). I have photos I took from broken windows where every piece of wall material (down to the conduit and metal studs) is stripped. They are not even waiting for public opinion.
Now, if they want to come clean and say they want to destroy what was, up to a few months ago, a perfectly good piece of historic architecture and put a box in its place, fine. But these back door tactics just stink to high heaven.
from the MNA Land use agenda notes: 771 Spring Street (SE corner of Spring Street and Armistead- located to the rear of the Technology Square Barnes and Noble bookstore)
Applicant: Tom Barranco on behalf of the Georgia Tech Foundation
Designers: Valdis D. Zusmanis, HGOR Architects
Scope: Demolition of Crum and Foster building designed by noted Atlanta architects Ivey & Crook in 1926 to bring sidewalk into conformity with Midtown Standard.