Historic, If Somewhat Damaged, Storefront Threatened on South Jefferson

Update: The building was stabilized successfully in 2014.

A building that has long sat dormant after what appears to have been an abortive attempt at rehabilitation is now on the chopping block, according to Cherokee Street News.

Admittedly, the building looks a little rough around the edges when you look at the roof line, in what has rightly been termed a bad mansard.

But it’s critical that the street wall of Jefferson Avenue, the heart of the city east of Grand, maintain its integrity, so it does not turn into Natural Bridge Avenue, a street now largely denuded of its storefronts and its character.

Supposedly it’s going to be demolished for greenspace, despite the previously mentioned vacant lot across the street that could serve that purpose.

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