Do not allow the demolition of the State Savings Bank in Detroit!
  • Petitioned Jennifer Ross

This petition was delivered to:

Detroit Historic District Commission
Jennifer Ross
Detroit Historic District Commission
Susan McBride
Detroit Historic District Commission
Crystal Wilson

Do not allow the demolition of the State Savings Bank in Detroit!

    1. Samantha Farr
    2. Petition by

      Samantha Farr

      Detroit, MI

Update: August 14, 2013

Good news! The Detroit Historic District Commission, during its public hearing and regular meeting on August, 14, 2013, denied Triple Properties's request to demolish the State Savings Bank to erect a parking structure. The Commission noted that the owners of the bank did not meet any one condition under the city's historic landmark ordinance to justify demolition.

There were more than 75 people in attendance, with 20 speaking in favor of preservation. I read aloud several comments left by signers of the petition to the Commission, which noted, at the start the meeting, that this online petition had garnered the support of 757 people!
Thank you all for taking the time to sign and comment on this petition, and for helping preserve the State Savings Bank in Detroit!

Update: August 2, 2013

According to Preservation Detroit, "The City of Detroit Historic District Commission has received a petition to demolish the State Savings Bank. The petition is subject to a public hearing, which is scheduled for the next Historic District Commission meeting on Wednesday, August 14."

The public hearing on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, will be held in the Auditorium on the 13th Floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave. beginning at 5:30 PM. There are nine cases being reviewed, this will be the first case on the agenda and open for public comment.

If you feel strongly about the preservation of the State Savings Bank, please sign this petition and leave a comment.

I urge all who are able to attend the public hearing to please come and support the preservation of this historical building! 

Link to the article by Preservation Detroit:


September 2012

Andreas Apostolopoulos, CEO of Triple Properties, a Toronto-based investment company that recently purchased the historic Beaux-Arts-Style State Savings Bank in Detroit, has plans to demolish it to build an unneeded parking structure.

According to the Toronto Star: “I’d like to tear it down, but I have a lot of paperwork to do with the city first,” Apostolopoulos said in a telephone interview on Monday. “I don’t want to do anything that isn’t good for the city, but we do need parking downtown.”

There are plenty of areas to park downtown, including several structures within a few blocks of this building. It is important that the City of Detroit retains its historic, beautiful architecture. Too many beloved buildings have been lost to demolition. 

If you feel strongly about the State Savings Bank's preservation, please sign this petition! You can also give Triple Properties a call: (416) 751-4242 or write them: Triple Properties, 186 Bartley Drive Toronto, ON M4A 1X3, Canada.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Felix Baker DETROIT, MI
      • 7 months ago

      Love this building ,just how much is it to lease this Bank ?

    • Bob Clement ROANOKE, VA
      • 10 months ago

      Please don't lose the historic fabric that makes up the identity of your city the way my city lost most of theirs years ago

    • Eliza Lloyd WASHINGTON D.C.20008, DC
      • 10 months ago

      Detroit is a legend!

    • Sally Wavrick UNIVERSITY PARK, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      I used to work for Detroit Bank & Trust on State & Griswold for Shirley Pease on The Teller Magazine when I was a student at Univ of Detroit 1957-58 and don't like to see any historic building torn down. Please save this building...

    • christopher jackson DETROIT, MI
      • about 1 year ago



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