State News

March 26, 2013

Building demolition fuels talk about saving sites

TYBEE ISLAND — The demolition of a building on Georgia’s Tybee Island has prompted historic preservationists to take a renewed look at how to save historic buildings in the coastal community.

The Savannah Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/10JsgHL) that Tybee Island’s Historic Preservation Commission is proposing additional safeguards after the demolition of a building on Tybrisa Street on the island’s south end. The structure previously housed the Island Style retail shop before that business ceased operations late last year.

The preservation commission recently drafted some proposed changes that are meant to prevent such demolitions in the future. The new requirements would ensure the commission is notified whenever a building at least 50 years old is going to be renovated.

The proposed changes are expected to go before the City Council in April.

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Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

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