Colonial Gardens Update

As expected, the city’s Architectural Review Committee denied a developer’s request to demolish the South End building that was designated a landmark last fall.

The South End Investment Group knew it was coming. The group distributed a letter asking someone to come up with a better plan than theirs, which is to demolish the 107-year-old Colonial Gardens building and put up something similar, but better for retail development, in its place.

The developers have another option, but may as well give up on getting permission to knock it down.

While not exactly suggesting a new plan, Steve Magruder, creator of a Facebook group called “Save and Restore Colonial Gardens” (and a frequent VV commenter) wrote this: “So, practically speaking, we hopefully will be moving on soon to see how the building can be restored and the corner it’s located on returned to vitality.”

Doesn’t look like anything’s happening over there soon.