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Historic Dahlonega home on front lines of proposed development
Citizens speak on behalf of saving building
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The fight over the Jeremiah Payne House, also known as Parks Clothing building, in Dahlonega remains in a stalemate.

The application to demolish the 160-year-old building and replace it with an upscale hotel was tabled this week until the next Historic Preservation Committee meeting on Oct. 21.

Businesswoman Roberta Green has proposed the project along East Main Street in the downtown historic district. She has said the building is not salvageable.

City officials have called for an assessment and highlighted damage to the house.

Additional reviews by building inspectors and fire officials are expected.

About a dozen people spoke in behalf of saving the building this week, and activists said they would continue their campaign through email blasts and on social media.

“I feel like we can do a much better job at the next meeting of really showing community support for saving this building,” Penny Sharp said.

Sharp said if that if the application is denied, there should be a new proposal for rebuilding the historic home.

The Historic Preservation Committee will make recommendations to the Dahlonega City Council, which will then vote on the application.

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