For nearly nine decades, the mansion on Peachtree Road has stood through it all — depression and boom, war and peace. Its brick walls have remained standing as other homes fell before Atlanta’s relentless expansion.
What a mess this could be. Although I feel sorry for the expense the condo owners have been stuck with, it wasn't like the R-L House was hiding behind a tree...it was right there for all to see and they should have realized the maintenance costs prior to buying a unit in the building.
I see two reasons for denying the demolition permit.
The first deals with the historic aspect of the house, on the National Register of Historic Places. In my opinion, it was compromised when it was tied to an Oak tree and winched 30 feet over in order to build the monstrosity now known as 2500 Peachtree but its still an historic structure.
The second, and probably much more serious, deals with zoning. The original developer, in order to build the aforementioned monstrosity, agreed to maintain the home as a condition of zoning approval. Allowing the Association to now renegue on this condition sets a scary precident. If a demolition permit is granted, a developer can/will agree to just about anything in hopes that down the road, he can get it changed. Zoning would become meaningless.
I was in the house years ago and it was a stunning place. Unfortunately its been allowed to be pillaged and deteriorate and would probably take every bit of the estimated $1 million to get a certificate of occupancy again. Maybe the owners should have thought more about maintenence before it got to its current state. Maybe the owners should have realized their obligation to maintain the structure. Maybe the owners should have bought at Park Place.