Owners of Pickle Mansion plan demolition


An ambitious redevelopment effort is apparently coming to an end.

The owners of the Pickle Mansion have applied to the Historic Zoning Commission for approval to demolish the Queen Anne structure at 1633 Clinch Avenue.

Built in 1889, the building was badly damaged by a fire more than a decade ago. More recently, a development group that included Jon Clark announced plans to restore the structure, but that effort has stalled.

In a text message, Clark said that “I’ve tried every path I could find but it just isn’t feasible to repair the structure.” He added that even the National Park Service has rejected the building as a qualifying property based on the condition and limited remaining elements.

The request is on the agenda for the Commission’s meeting on Thursday. Commission staff are recommending approval, saying that the integrity of the architecture has been compromised to the point it can no longer be reasonably re-established.

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