Stop the destruction of 710 and 712 Walnut Street
  • Petitioned John Ross

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The Very Rev.
John Ross
Sub-Dean - The Rev. Canon
Thom Rasnick
Priest Associate - The Rev. Canon
Chris Hackett
Precentor
Mr. Richard Sidey
Youth Formation Coordinator
Paul Ruff
Coordinator for Children's Ministry
Kerry Ruff
Cathedral Operations Administrator
Patty Dunlap
Cathedral Administrator
Joe Bacon
Librarian
Rick Boyd
Cathedral Administrative Assistant
Sheila Akins
Financial Secretary
Donna Copeland
Family Education Administrative Assistant, Webmaster
Lauren Ruff
Parish Secretary
Melissa Dodson
Bishop
George Young
Attorney
Arthur Seymour
Treasurer
Sharon Pryse

Stop the destruction of 710 and 712 Walnut Street

    1. Andrea Monk
    2. Petition by

      Andrea Monk

      Knoxville, TN

Downtown Knoxville has lost too many old and historic buildings already. We only have a finite number of them and what is left should be lovingly preserved for future generations. At a time when downtown real estate is at a premium, it doesn't make sense from a profitable or ethical standpoint to tear down these two buildings to make improvements to a parking lot or driveway.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Goodbye 710 and 712 Walnut

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      St. John's is tearing down the buildings this morning. The only thing left to say is to remind you that they have space for reviews on Google, Yelp, and MetroPulse. Don't be afraid to let them know how you feel about this destruction and don't be afraid to let others know what kind of church this is.

      Also, please consider writing Mayer Rogero (mayor@cityofknoxville.org) and the City Council (http://www.cityofknoxville.org/citycouncil/members/), telling them that destruction of buildings for parking lots is not something that can continue to happen. We need initiatives that will save our historic downtown.

      Thank you for caring and signing the petition. And thank you for the many lovely comments. Even though we couldn't save the buildings, at least it's nice to learn that so many people love downtown Knoxville.

    2. Petition News

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      I've printed off the signatures and comments and I plan to get them to the church today or tomorrow, depending on when someone is there to accept them. We came away with exactly 707 signatures, due to getting a few offline. The comments are beautiful and I thank you all for standing up for a vibrant and full downtown. I am going to close the petition now and hope that St. John's will change their minds and do what is right for the community.

    3. St. John's vs. Downtown: Bad Gardening, or Punk Art?

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      St. John's vs. Downtown: Bad Gardening, or Punk Art? The Demolition of the Walnut Street Buildings

      In late June, when preservationists chose not to take their challenge all the way to City Council, the fate of the Walnut Street buildings became, entirely, the responsibility of their owner, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral. Offers from developers-and there's more than one-prove the 1920s brick buildings are much valued as potential residences.

    4. Keep sharing the petition and maybe call the church to express yourself.

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      Permits issued to tear down two buildings in downtown Knoxville

      KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The City of Knoxville has given final approval for a church to demolish two buildings that some residents have been pushing to save. Demolition permits were issued for buildings at 710 and 712 Walnut Street, located next to St. Johns Episcopal Church in downtown Knoxville.

    5. Demolition Permit

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all! Sorry for the long time between information, but I've been waiting to see what St. John's would do next. They have now filed for a demolition permit, so the buildings could be gone any day. Please continue to spread the word about our petition and ask the church to reconsider demolishing the buildings. I've included a link to Inside of Knoxville's latest post about the issue.

      Thank you all for caring about downtown and the historic buildings. The comments to the church are so beautiful and I hope that the decision makers will read them and pay attention.

      An Open Letter to St. Johns Episcopal Church

      I've dreaded this moment for well over a year. It was over a year ago that St. John's Episcopal Church submitted a request to the Downtown Design Review Board for permission to demolish two buildings they own at 710 and 712 Walnut Street.

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Protest on hold

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      After careful consideration we've decided to hold off on holding our protest outside St. John's this Sunday. We want to give the church time to process Jack Neely's recent article and get a feel for what the their next move will be. I will keep you posted regarding protest plans. Please continue to spread the word and share the petition among your friends!

    8. The Walnut Street Dilemma: Property Rights vs. Historic Preservation

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      Check out Jack Neely's latest article in the Metro Pulse. The petition is mentioned!

      The Walnut Street Dilemma: Property Rights vs. Historic Preservation

      Despite a monumental effort by local preservationists and developers to address the needs of St. John's Cathedral downtown, the church is hell-bent on demolishing two 1920s buildings to improve access to its parking lot. The disagreement has spurred misunderstandings, demonstrations and petitions, hearings and decisions and appeals.

    9. WVLT article

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      An article and video on this mornings protest!

      Group protests church's plan to tear down buildings

      A small group of protestors gathered outside a local church planning to tear down two buildings next door.

    10. Mark your calendars!

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      We plan to hold another protest on Sunday, June 23rd at 9:45 AM (ending at around10:45) on Walnut, across the street from the church. We're also going to go to the Market Square Farmer's Market on Saturday and work to get more signatures for the petition. If anyone wants to join me, just let me know!

      https://www.facebook.com/events/540827625979410/540828089312697/?comment_id=540836392645200&notif_t=event_mall_comment

      http://stuckinsideofknoxville.com/2013/06/protest-set-to-oppose-st-johns-episcopals-demolition-of-710-and-712-walnut-street/

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. We're going to protest!

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      From UrbanGuy (the blog Stuck Inside of Knoxville):

      "So, how to gain that support or educate the congregation to the fact that this move is opposed by many and will taint their church in those people's view? One obvious suggestion is a gentle educational activity as they arrive at church tomorrow. The primary service begins at 10:30, so being in place by 10:00 would be important."

      More info here: http://stuckinsideofknoxville.com/20

      "So, how to gain that support or educate the congregation to the fact that this move is opposed by many and will taint their church in those people's view? One obvious suggestion is a gentle educational activity as they arrive at church tomorrow. The primary service begins at 10:30, so being in place by 10:00 would be important."

      More info here: http://stuckinsideofknoxville.com/2013/06/quiet-educational-protest-sunday-morning-616-1000-am/#comments

      To be clear, we'll be on Walnut, in front of the buildings at 10 am tomorrow morning. Spread the word!

    13. Reached 200 signatures
    14. From Metro Pulse

      Andrea Monk
      Petition Organizer

      "St. John's Cathedral gets permission to demolish two 1920s buildings to improve their parking lot's "automobile access" -- even after developer David Dewhirst offered to refurbish the buildings at no cost to the church."

      http://blogs.metropulse.com/the_daily_pulse/2013/06/mpc-approves-st-johns-plan-for.html

    15. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Marlino KNOXVILLE, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      This is extremely important to me. These are the very last structures of a once vibrant residential street, They are beautiful and can become a great asset to the church once renovated. St. Johns does not need to have this cloud of destruction forever hanging over their head as Home Federal does with the Sprankle building. Please, please reconsider your decision

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    • Michael Golla ERWIN, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      Used to live in Knoxville. There is no real reason to tear down some of these perfectly usable old buildings when it is just as cheap to do the repairs that are needed.

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    • Yvette Fragile KNOXVILLE, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      This is just so, so sad. I am downtown resident and supporter of downtown life and development. That development, I'm sorry, does not include tearing down two historic properties that could be converted to living space downtown that would vastly contribute to our vibrant community. Also, the face that these buildings are being torn down for just more parking space? Really? There is plenty of parking downtown and near the church. It may not get you quite as close to the door as you'd like, but still a very easy distance. Please reconsider this foolish notion. Please consider the history and the integrity of our downtown.

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    • Dustin Jones KNOXVILLE, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      Downtown has done so much to it's character. I don't mind changes, but not demolition for driveways and parking lots.

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    • Kathy Earle KNOXVILLE, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      These buildings need to be preserved.

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