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Norcross leaders approve emergency demolition

NORCROSS -- City Council members voted Monday to approve issuance of a permit for demolition of the building at 87 So. Peachtree St. in downtown Norcross.

According to Community Development Director Chris McCrary,the building's wood structure is structurally unsafe, and the brick facade is cracking and sagging because of rain infiltration.

McCrary asked for the council's approval of an emergency demolition permit in order to circumvent the 180-day mandatory waiting period for demolition of a historic property for safety reasons. The structure, according to McCrary, is more likely a 1950s or 1960s rebuild rather than a turn-of-the-century original structure.

"I believe it is also important to review the facade and point out clues that indicate this facade was either replaced or redesigned around the 1950s or 1960s," stated McCrary in a memo to Mayor Bucky Johnson and council members.

Deconstruction of the unsafe portion of the building would require more than 50 percent demolition, which would make an attempt at preservation cost-prohibitive. Property owner David Greer, addressing Johnson and council Monday, said that he wants to get the building rebuilt in a safe manner that is architecturally more appropriate for the downtown district.

Red Cross recognized

Johnson presented a proclamation during Monday's meeting recognizing March as American Red Cross Month in Norcross. Red Cross community relations officer Carisa Hettich was on hand to accept the proclamation, thanking City Manager Rudolph Smith for meeting with her recently to discuss how the Red Cross can support the Norcross community.

Rezoning approved

The annexed property located at 5854 Goshen Springs Road was rezoned Monday at the request of the property owner, a move intended to make the existing building more marketable.

"This will keep the options open" with regard to how the building may be used by potential clients, McCrary said.

The 2.283 developed acres are located at Center Way and Goshen Springs Road, near Brook Hollow Parkway, in Norcross.