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Historic Preservation Commission to discuss demolition of empty Shotwell St. houses

The Historic Preservation Commission will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 25, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers where they will address several items of note on the agenda.

Steve Elrod and First Baptist Church are requesting permission to demolish properties they own.

Elrod is requesting to demolish the house on 220 W. Broughton Street in order to construct townhouses, while First Baptist Church is requesting to demolish 423, 429 and 433 E. Shotwell Street to create a green space.

Mike Wiggins, who is on the property board at First Baptist Church said they would like to create this green space to give the church additional room for when they have functions.

“We have quite a few functions that involve the church and youth of Decatur County and we are looking for additional space to do activities,” Wiggins said.

Wiggins wife, Cathy added that during their fall festival there were several hundred children in attendance, and many had to cross the busy street, but with this proposed space that would eliminate the issue.

Wiggins is unsure if there would be any equipment on the proposed green space. He said if the Historic Preservation Commission approves it, they would then discuss any added activity equipment they plan to put out in the space.

The Historic Preservation Commission meetings are open to the public and they invite anyone, who is in favor of these demolitions or against them to come and speak so they can properly make a decision on what best benefits the residents of Bainbridge, while still being mindful of the history which the lots sit on.