Sunday, July 10, 2005

Bad Citizens

From The State:

Staff Writer

First Citizens bank has asked the city of Columbia for a demolition permit to raze the 134-year-old Brennen Building, the oldest building on Main Street and former home of the storied Capitol Restaurant.

If razed, Brennen would be the third century-old building the bank has demolished near an office tower it is building on the first block of North Main Street.

Preservationists and others are steadfastly opposed to the demolition. Many people are emotionally attached to the building because of the popular restaurant.

First Citizens indicated when it purchased the building in 2002 that it would try to preserve it. But the bank now says renovations would be too costly.

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