OUTCOME: On March 28th, 2012, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission voted unanimously (9-0) to deny the application for demolition of the Atlanta Daily World building. Thank you for your resounding support to preserve Atlanta's history! News coverage of the AUDC decision is below:
UPDATE #1: We will be presenting this petition to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission - the entity that will approve or deny the demolition application - on MARCH 28th. Please sign the petition and distribute to your networks. Thank you for your support!
UPDATE #2: Integral and the publisher of the Atlanta Daily World recently released a statement claiming they intend to save the building facade. However, the site plan in Integral's demolition application shows only 5 feet of the original building would remain in most places. This amounts to a token gesture toward preserving this important structure and we are steadfast in our opposition to this demolition application.
An application has been filed by the Integral Group to demolish the historic Atlanta Daily World building on Auburn Avenue to make way for new Georgia State University student housing. Built in 1930, this building was the long-term headquarters of the first successful African-American daily newspaper in the United States.
GSU is expanding into the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District and the Integral Group is developing this project to meet their increased demand for housing. This project will set the tone for how private development for GSU students treats the irreplaceable historic resources in our community.
If the Atlanta Daily World and other historic buildings are demolished on Auburn Avenue, what will be left of its cultural significance?
There are plenty of models for how private developers and universities can expand while respecting the community's urban fabric (SCAD, NYU). Please join us in telling Integral Group to do the right thing and become a part of our neighborhood, not to replace it with GSU's campus.
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