Developers and the home’s owner had wanted to tear the home down to make room for four parking spaces and a loading area to serve an as-yet-unnamed project in the Top Drawer building on Magazine Street, but two city agencies governing zoning and demolitions had already recommended against it. In a statement released to Uptown Messenger on Friday morning, Cantrell says she has reached the same conclusion:
We have reached out personally to residents, conducted a thorough site visit and discussed with the CPC and PRC. 820 General Pershing should not be demolished for the sake of creating a parking lot in this quaint residential community. Not only to preserve the residential fabric of the community, but to protect the area from drainage issued caused by a parking lot that becomes a runoff. Folks have stopped me in grocery stores about the future of this property.
While the decision formally rests with the City Council as a whole, the other members customarily defer on land-use issues to the elected official who represents the property in question.