By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Resolution of a disagreement over unauthorized demolition of a historic structure in downtown Corinth includes levying a fine against the owner and retaining the property in the historic district.
John Dodd, owner of the property at 606 Fillmore St., will pay a fine of $6,000, said city attorney Wendell Trapp following a special meeting Wednesday.
The old gas station building that previously occupied the property was demolished on May 23, without a permit from either the city or the city preservation commission. The fate of the building is significant because it was specifically identified in the city’s application for certified local government status as an example of the historic structures in the city. Officials feared not addressing how the building came to be demolished would set a bad precedent and possibly threaten the entire historic preservation program.
Since the property will remain in the historic district, any future use of the location must adhere to city ordinances, with plans approved by the city planning commission and/or the historic preservation commission.