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Church leaders at Tremont Temple Baptist Church are appealing the Planning and Zoning Commission's decision not to allow demolition of the historic structure to put in a Dunkin Donuts.

In December, Planning and Zoning voted 4-1 against demolition.

The historic church has ties to civil rights movement, but the building has been vacant for 7 years since the congregation moved to a new building on Bloomfield Road.

After December's ruling, Historic Macon made the church a counter-offer for the same amount of money, $200,000, the buy the building and repair it.

Instead, the church voted to continue their contract with Lou Patel from Dunkin Donuts, saying in a statement that they felt "morally and legally bound to honor our agreement" with Dunkin Donuts.

In order to be granted a rehearing, the church had to provide additional information to justify it.

They submitted a letter from an engineer that said because of structural damage to the roof, "the structure is in danger of imminent collapse."

But Josh Rogers of Historic Macon says the board was already aware of that when they made their first ruling, and is hopeful the rehearing will be denied.

The board will discuss the rehearing at the Planning and Zoning meeting on February 10th.

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