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Nashville to lose another historic landmark

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Charlotte Ave Church of Christ has been sitting vacant for over a year, mired in controversy in the midst of a failed attempt to build a Rite Aid that the local community was opposed to. A stagnant economy and a hefty price tag have made this property close to impossible to sell. And now it seems the church is taking the inevitable next step. Demolition will more than likely take place this week. Unfortunate that the church was unable to find a suitable buyer.

It may get some coverage on local media - but I believe it's too late for preservation. Nashville is losing another one of it's prized historic structures...

It will be interesting to see what ultimately pops up on this prominent corner (46th/Charlotte) of West Nashville. Whatever it is will have a huge bearing on the future of that corridor.

http://sylvanpark.blogspot.com/2010/01/charlotte-avenue-church-of-christ-may.html

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Charlotte Ave Church of Christ has been sitting vacant for over a year, mired in controversy in the midst of a failed attempt to build a Rite Aid that the local community was opposed to. A stagnant economy and a hefty price tag have made this property close to impossible to sell. And now it seems the church is taking the inevitable next step. Demolition will more than likely take place this week. Unfortunate that the church was unable to find a suitable buyer.

It may get some coverage on local media - but I believe it's too late for preservation. Nashville is losing another one of it's prized historic structures...

It will be interesting to see what ultimately pops up on this prominent corner (46th/Charlotte) of West Nashville. Whatever it is will have a huge bearing on the future of that corridor.

http://sylvanpark.bl...christ-may.html

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Wow thats sad to see that nice of a building to go to waste. Any idea of what will become of the land there?

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It will be sad to see this landmark building go, I was really hoping someone would purchase it for adaptive reuse. The problem with this particular property is the fact that any firm or organization in the market for a historic church building usually doesn't have the capital to purchase it. I think the optimal use for this building would have been a charter school or small private school. As a strong advocate of property rights I feel like the church has the right to raze the building, however it would be a tragedy. The church should also keep in mind tearing down the building isn't going to guarantee someone will purchase it. I hope it works out for the best.

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I'm not familiar with that church. Does anyone know where to find some pictures and history about it? It would be good to get a better idea of why we need to save the building.

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I'm not familiar with that church. Does anyone know where to find some pictures and history about it? It would be good to get a better idea of why we need to save the building.

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Well said Nashvillain. Knoxville has great older/historic churches everywhere near DT. It adds so much character to the place. This church does the same with its unique building architecture. I would rather see it get reused for something keeping the main structure there than it get demolished and replaced with an everyday, crappy place.

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What a shame if it gets torn down.. especially after all the controversy over saving it not long ago.. Nashville needs to preserve all the historic character that it has left, after getting rid of much of it already in years past.

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What ever happened with this? Last time I drove by (just a couple weeks ago), the church was still there..

Also.. I noticed in the CP today..

Mayor asks for funds to demolish dilapidated buildings

Anyone know what buildings are scheduled to be demolished??

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The loopnet add says that the demolition permits are in hand. By having the permit in hand it gives the seller leverage to market the building not only as a church, but as vacant land. A demolition permit makes a buyer more comfortable when looking to purchase a controversial parcel. The buyer could stipulate that he will purchase the parcel contingent on demolition of the current facility, or he could purchase it as is and raze the building himself.

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I witnessed some of this as I drove into work today. Very sad and if I were a religious man, I would condemn this as sin. If I were still a practicing Catholic, I would refer to this as mortal sin. There is no excuse for this. Our urban neighborhoods slowly lose their character when this is done. Instead of waiting the bad economy out, they destroyed this gem. This could have been a nice restaurant or a retail establishment that tied the community together. The demise of this building shows poor planning by the congregation. This building should have been paid for years ago, and a building built in the 1880's or 1890's such as this one should have been placed on the historical register decades ago.

There is no excuse for this whatsoever. That congregation has a lot of forgiveness to ask for from the one they worship.

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I witnessed some of this as I drove into work today. Very sad and if I were a religious man, I would condemn this as sin. If I were still a practicing Catholic, I would refer to this as mortal sin. There is no excuse for this. Our urban neighborhoods slowly lose their character when this is done. Instead of waiting the bad economy out, they destroyed this gem. This could have been a nice restaurant or a retail establishment that tied the community together. The demise of this building shows poor planning by the congregation. This building should have been paid for years ago, and a building built in the 1880's or 1890's such as this one should have been placed on the historical register decades ago.

There is no excuse for this whatsoever. That congregation has a lot of forgiveness to ask for from the one they worship.

SEC

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So far just part of the education building behind the church has come down. The actual church is still in tact.

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