The Historic Landmark Commission previously decreed that only one building could be bulldozed. The other two were restricted to partial demolitions that Woolsey Design Build said would drastically limit the site’s potential uses.
At the Feb. 10 City Council meeting, Woolsey Design Build won its appeal against the commission’s decision and is now permitted to level all three structures to make way for planned two-story buildings with retail on their first floor and commercial space on the second, according to Woolsey Design Build.
The vote was unanimous despite several community members and council members voicing concerns about precedents and the historical value of the buildings.
Demolition also had vocal support from both sides of the dais.
Materials salvaged from the demolition might be reused in new structures, according to Woolsey Design Build President Eli Woolsey.