published Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Macon board approves demolition of historic church

MACON, Ga. — Macon's planning and zoning commission has approved a plan to demolish the historic Tremont Temple Baptist Church, which was built in 1897.

The commission last year denied the church's application to raze the building, but new information led to Monday's 3-2 vote to allow the demolition. The Telegraph reports that the new information involved the condition of the structure, which was described by an engineering company as being in danger of imminent collapse.

The congregation had moved out of the building in 2007, saying problems with leaks, mold and termites had rendered it unusable for church services and too expensive to maintain. They've been planning to sell the building to a developer, who has filed plans to build a Dunkin' Donuts on the church property.

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