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.
Please think of the impact the removal of these buildings would have on the downtown community. Once they are gone they cannot be replaced.