Cleveland council divided over destruction of 100-year-old landmark

MainStreet Cleveland has expressed interest in revitalizing the Moore Building, located in the Five Points area of Cleveland's historic downtown. The city has agreed to delay plans to demolish the building, the site of which has been proposed for use as a parking lot.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - The demolition of the landmark Moore Building, located within Cleveland's historic Five Points area, has been put on hold while Mainstreet Cleveland seeks funding to redevelop the structure.

In November, a narrowly divided Cleveland City Council voted 3-2 to buy the Inman Street property for $100,000 from businessman Ben Moore, announcing intentions to tear down the 100-year-old building - described by Councilman Richard Banks as an "eyesore" - and turn the site into a parking lot.

On Feb. 8, the Cleveland City Council voted 6-0 to give Mainstreet Cleveland 90 days to pursue grant options for revitalizing the structure. Banks abstained from the vote, citing friendship with the Moore family and their understanding that the city would replace the building with a parking lot commemorating Joe Moore, Ben Moore's father.