Historic Savannah Foundation is partnering with a historic preservation class from Savannah Technical College in a last minute effort to document an endangered historic structure. Per court order, the historic corner store at MLK and Kline Street will be torn down by the City Monday, April 4.
According to information released by HSF, students will begin taking photographs of the building’s interior and exterior today. They will also take measurements from which detailed floor plans and elevation drawings will be produced.
The two-story, wood-frame building was constructed around the turn of the 20th century. It has been scrutinized by the City for nearly two years for repeated code violations and was deemed unsafe and unfit for human habitation by city code enforcement.
The City’s Property Maintenance Division approached HSF about three weeks ago, when their efforts to document the building fell short.
“We are concerned with what we see as a trend in demolition in Cuyler-Brownville and along MLK,” says HSF Historic Properties Coordinator, Ryan Arvay. “This is especially painful since the building is just a block down from Meldrim Row, which was demolished last year.”
He added, “We feel there are better alternatives to demolition and we will continue to work with the City, property owners, and other organizations to find creative solutions that will reuse these buildings.”