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Historic downtown Macon church saved from demolition
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The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission denied a developer's request Monday to tear down the former Tremont Temple Baptist Church to build a Dunkin' Donuts.

In a 4-1 vote, the board voted to deny a demolition permit.

The Historic Macon Foundation said they would make an offer to buy the building, located on Forsyth Street in downtown Macon.

The foundation said they would only make the offer if the commission denied the church's demolition permit.

Tremont's pastor, said the church, now located on Bloomfield Road, would need time to weigh Historic Macon Foundation's offer with the offer they have from the Dunkin' Donuts builder.

P&Z's Design Review Board recommended last week that the commission oppose the demolition plan.

The 4-1 decision was made based on the building's past and its architecture, in order to maintain the historical preservation of the neighborhood.

The structure is surrounded by other historic buildings and design board members said that building a Dunkin' Donuts is not a good use for a site with such significance.

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Josh Rogers from Historic Macon says they'll make the church an offer of $200,000 for the church, the same amount Lou Patel, the businessman behind the Dunkin Donuts was offering.

If Historic Macon gets the contract, they're willing to invest another $60,000 to repair the building's structural issues, roof, and termite damage.

From, there they want to sell it a developer that would make use of the building while keeping it intact.

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