Developer and land owner abandon plans to demolish Atlanta Daily World building

By Maria Saporta and David Pendered

What an amazing turnaround.

Just hours after the Atlanta Urban Design Commission unanimously voted to deny a demolition permit for the historic Atlanta Daily World newspaper building on Auburn Avenue, the developer and building owner said they are dropping their plans to demolish the building.

Front of The Atlanta Daily World

The front portion of The Atlanta Daily World building would have been retained and fit into a new development, under a proposal. Credit: Donita Newton

In a statement, Alexis Scott, publisher of the Atlanta Daily World; and Valerie Edwards, executive vice president of the Integral Group, said they would not appeal the decision of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

Here is the statement they issued:

The Atlanta Urban Design Commission (“UDC”) denied the demolition application Integral submitted on January 31, 2012. We appropriately respect the board’s research, deliberations, and decision concerning the former home of Atlanta Daily World newspaper. Neither seller nor buyer plans to appeal the UDC’s decision.

Auburn Avenue development by Integral Group

The front of the 4-B-9 building was preserved, while its rear portion was demolished to make way for new construction. Credit: Donita Newton

As longtime residents of the Sweet Auburn community, we are especially encouraged by the recently conveyed commitment to preserve the building that formerly housed the Atlanta Daily World, as expressed by certain government leaders and historic preservationists.

As these individuals and groups bring forward practical solutions to the sale and restoration of 145 Auburn Avenue, we look forward to working with them.

Atlanta Life building

The Atlanta Daily World shared Auburn Avenue with other historic businesses, including Atlanta Life Financial Group. Credit: Donita Newton

Historic marker at The Atlanta Daily World

Historic marker at The Atlanta Daily World. Credit: Donita Newton

Rear view: Atlanta Daily World

This portion of The Atlanta Daily World was to have been demolished to make way for new development. Credit: Donita Newton

Integral remains committed to its projects in the corridor and the former home of the Atlanta Daily World remains available for purchase.

The Sweet Auburn District was Atlanta’s original Live, Work and Play community. It once embodied an economic vitality that we all should seek to restore.

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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