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Planning and Zoning commission defers on Douglass House
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Developer Lou Patel wants to demolish the home on Pine Street to make room for a parking lot for a Dunkin Donuts next door.

Historic Macon wants to save the 110-year-old building and possibly move it.

Patel's real estate agent Jim Rollins and Historic Macon director Ethiel Garlington both say they've been unable to reach an agreement.

Rollins said the developer would agree to wait 60 days if they could then tear down the building if there's no deal, but the board said no.

Garlington says the developer hasn't been communicating his concerns with Historic Macon. "Unfortunately, throughout the process Mr. Rollins and Mr. Patel have been vague about their problems and about the issues that they're trying to overcome because from our perspective we really are trying to find a solution for them, but it's hard to find those solutions when they aren't clear on the problems," he said.

Jim Rollins and Developer Lou Patel declined comment after the meeting.

They did provide a timeline that outlines their attempts to reach an agreement with Historic Macon.


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