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Bon Haven to be demolished?

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Another historic site with so much potential goes to waste. Dexter Cleveland is making a huge mistake.

 

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Historic preservation is never easy, and in Spartanburg, we have had more failures than successes.  The friends of Bon Haven, the Palmetto Trust, and the HARB did what they could - and some members of the HARB came under serious criticism for putting it on the pending list in February 2015.  There were lots of ideas for what could have happened to Bon Haven, but not much cooperation and without that, no money was forthcoming.  It was only a matter of time before it was demolished.  It is sad.  But, saving the Montgomery Building does have to count as a positive preservation outcome since the Bon Haven failure.  

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The thing that sucks even more is that most people won't even know it's gone because they never knew it was there.

I agree that the Montgomery Building was more important. It's too bad that we have to view historic preservation as a "triage" effort, though.

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^^ Cleveland should take the offer. He has already cashed out of the house all the interior details. It seems like he won't, though.. 

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1 hour ago, vicupstate said:

^^ Cleveland should take the offer. He has already cashed out of the house all the interior details. It seems like he won't, though.. 

Agreed.. if the property/house were cleaned up, it would be such a majestic entry to Spartanburg. 

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Is there some back story that we don't know about?  It really seems as if the Clevelands want this house torn down.

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I guess the Cleveland heirs figure the property is worth more without the house on it - prominent intersection, right across from the hospital.  

Sad.  

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Has anyone looked at moving the house?  If the land is the real value, then Cleveland should be willng to give the house away to a mover.

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Dexter Cleveland has a grudge against the City of Spartanburg and he isn't going to do anything that is good for

Spartanburg. Its sad, but Dexter hasn't made a good real estate decision with any of the properties that he has

inherited, but will remove the last prominent family structure that he can to spite the City. That north side property

isn't likely to sell even with the house gone. The Hospital has more than enough land to develop all that it intends

to develop and all others wouldn't be stupid enough to open anything there. We all remember the drug store across

the street that had to close because of so much theft, the Burger King etc., etc....

 

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