Georgia Tech denied demolition permit for Crum & Forster building

The historic Crum & Forster building lives on.

The city of Atlanta’s Board of Zoning Adjustment denied an appeal from the Georgia Tech Foundation, in its quest to get a demolition permit.

The Bureau of Planning had denied Georgia Tech’s request for a demolition permit last year, and that decision was appealed by the foundation.

The BZA board voted 3-0 today to uphold the planning bureau’s decision to deny a demolition permit from what I’ve been told from people who attended the meeting.

Reportedly the discussion focused strictly on the legal zoning code, and the fact that parking would become the site’s principal use with demolition of the existing structure.

The building is part of SPI-16 zoning, which states that parking can not exist as a principal use on a parcel. Parking must be in addition to another use on the property.

I’ve sent an email to Georgia Tech Foundation representatives to find out whether they plan to appeal this decision in the courts.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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