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Historic Preservation Committee OK’s Demo of Main Street Buildings

The Springville Historic Preservation Committee on Sept. 26 gave approval for the demolition of 17, 19 and 25 West Main St. following a lengthy conversation by members of the committee.

The discussion amongst committee members came after a presentation by Keith Clark, pastor of The Crossing church, which meets in the Joylan Theatre, about plans for the space. Those plans include a parking lot and green space in the first phase of the project followed by a potential structure being built on part of the location in the second phase.

Among the buildings approved for demolition are the former Tom’s High End restaurant and the house at the corner of Main and Academy streets.

Committee members weighed the historic nature of the building — one of the oldest on West Main Street dating back to the mid-1800s — with its deteriorating condition and the fact no one in recent years has stepped forward to rehabilitate it.

The committee’s motion to approve the demolition included stipulations that outline a plan of 6 to 9 months for demolition followed by 4 to 6 months to construct the parking lot and completion of a new building by 2021.

The motion was OK’ed 3-0 with committee members Don Orton and John Baronich absent.

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