Save Jack! 

Historic apartments in trouble

Historic apartments in trouble

It's the People vs. the Pigs.

A group of developers wants to tear down the historic Jacksonian Apartment building on West End Avenue. In its place, they want to build a Walgreen drugstore. With a drive-through window.

If you're astonished to think that these otherwise decent, intelligent businesspeople would pull such a harebrained stunt, just remember, they're only thinking about money. And money will do that to you.

So you need to fight these people. Because, let me tell you, if you feel a queasy little pang in your stomach when you think about a wrecking ball tearing into one of West End's last great old buildings, hold on to that feeling. It means you know, in your gut, that this is wrong. It's also sinful, pathetic, and embarrassing. It's an outrage. Against the city. Against you and me.

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets next Thursday, May 21, at 1 p.m. in the Howard School Office Building, 700 Second Ave. S. At that meeting, the board could take a step toward saving the Jacksonian. To fight the demolition, you can do the following:

♦ Call L. Daniel Jorndt, CEO of Walgreen, at 847-940-2500. Write him at Walgreen, 200 Wilmont Rd., Deerfield, Ill., 60015. Tell him, if he builds a drugstore on the Jacksonian site, you'll be shopping elsewhere, thank you.

♦ Write the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals, 700 Second Ave. S., 37210. Tell them to get a grip and vote against the proposed variances.

(Pre-printed protest postcards, addressed to Walgreen and to the Board of Zoning Appeals, are available from the Nashville Scene. Just call 244-7989, punch 0, and ask what local businesses near you are distributing the cards. You can also download copies of the cards from the Scene Web site, http://www.nashscene.com/save_jack.html.

♦ Attend the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, at the Howard School Office Building auditorium, 700 Second Ave. S., on Thursday, May 21, at 1 p.m.

♦ Pray.

My prediction: It's going to get uglier.

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