I just read about this controversy on Market Square and was wondering what all of you think about it.
The owner of 37 Market Square, the location of the Gus's Restaurant on Wall Avenue, wants to demolish the building within sixty days. I was surprised to hear that even the city is okay with this with the justification that the building has lost its historical significance because it has undergone so many changes over the years.
Of course, Knox Heritage has had something to say against this plan, and Kim Trent the executive director was quick to ask the owner to rethink his choice of demolition. In his defense, the owner has said the new construction will be one that he thinks the community will embrace and will maintain the integrity of Market Square.
I guess I'm just surprised it would be this easy to tear down a building in Market Square or that people would continue to overlook historic preservation as one of the main factors in the revitalization of downtown.
What do y'all think?