Update: December 16, 2014
Great news, everyone! The State Savings Bank is no longer in the hands of Andreas Apostolopoulos! The building was recently sold to Dan Gilbert who is known for moving quickly on restoration projects throughout greater downtown. THANK YOU for signing the petition, for helping preserve a piece of our history, and for sending a clear message to negligent property owners that we expect them to maintain the integrity of the buildings in our city.
Here is a link to an article covering the sale of The State Savings Bank:
Update: November 10, 2014
Triple Properties, a Toronto-based investment company, has allowed the State Savings Bank to deteriorate since they purchased it in 2012. According to Preservation Detroit, water is being allowed into the building.
Last year, the owner of Triple Properties, Andreas Apostolopoulous, petitioned the Detroit Historic District Commission for approval to demolish the State Savings Bank to build an unneeded parking structure. The Detroit Historic District Commission denied Apostolopoulous' request and noted that the owners of the bank did not meet any one condition under the city's historic landmark ordinance to justify demolition.
The City of Detroit should force Triple Properties to properly secure and maintain the building, or seize the property from them and seek bids for its restoration.
Please continue to circulate this petition, all signature and comments will be sent to Mayor Mike Duggan.
Also, call and/or email your City Council representatives, including the District 6 Council Member, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez (contact info here: http://preservationdetroit.org/city-of-detroit-contacts/) AND tweet Mayor Mike Duggan (@MayorMikeDuggan) urging him to force Triple Properties to properly secure and maintain the building, or seize the property from them and seek bids for its restoration.
More information (including current images) here:
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:
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.
*Photo Credit: http://www.michelleandchrisgerard.com
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