Thomasville business forced to tear down brickwork

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 14, 2018

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Some might say the two bricks look a lot alike, however, Thomasville's Historic Preservation Commission would say otherwise.

Especially if it's making a permanent place in their historic downtown community.

The problem, once hiding behind the construction walls put up at Broad Street.

The owner, Lucas Stewart, has had to tear down more than 800 bricks, which costed around $5,000.

"It doesn't look like a false historical detail," says Mary Lawrence Lang, with Thomasville Landmarks.

The design of the initial brick is called the Old Jackson, and it's made to look aged.

However, the HPC says that's part of the problem. They agreed that the Wellington-designed brick is a better and cleaner fit.

"You really can't replicate it, once it's lost it's gone and Thomasville has been able to retain the character defining features that make it a destination," says Lang.

Stewart declined an interview, but says he's happy to finally move forward.

He's planning to bring back downtown's only Mexican restaurant, after the last one closed and remained an eye-sore for more than three years.

"I'm really glad we got both parties back together," says Mark Harmon, Thomasville's Chief Building Official. "We were able to work out the negotiated agreement between the two parties that I thought was amicable for both."

The City's stop-work order placed on Stewart's business has now been lifted.

After weeks of disagreeing, the owner and the HPC settled on the next step.

The final agreement is that the Old Jackson bricks are torn down and replaced with the Wellington style.

They say while it's still a costly change, it's a resolution nonetheless.

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