Sale of Nineteenth Century Club upheld in court
(WMC-TV) - The sale of the Nineteenth Century Club to the Union City, LLC is being upheld. Demolition can begin on the mansion in 14 days as outlined in the 26-page document.
The request for a temporary or permanent injunction, prohibiting the planned demolition of the building was denied in court Friday.
Chancellor Walter Evans ruled to uphold the sale of the property.
"I really hate to hear it, because I think that we need to preserve our historical buildings," said Nineteenth Century Club Theresa Hurst.
Hurst and three others members of the club filed a lawsuit claiming the sale was not valid. This after a temporary $55,000 restraining order was filed to stop the demolition.
Upholding the sale allows for the building to be demolished, which would make room for a new restaurant and strip mall.
His reasoning is that three of the four plaintiffs did not have a strong reason for their case, and that the Nineteenth Century Club made it clear they were voting to list the property and then give the executive committee authorization to carry out the financial details.
"There is a lot in the opinion that we actually agree with," said attorney and commissioner Steve Mulroy. "There's not a lot of factual dispute. What there really is, is a different interpretation of the law. We contend that voting to list a property for sale is not the same thing and authorizing to sell it."
Mulroy says they plan to appeal the ruling, and he hopes that the property will be sold to someone that will restore it—not tear it down.
Others are fighting for similar alternatives and hoping to preserve this piece of history.
"It's the last mansion on Union Avenue, which really represented what Memphis was in the early 1900s, 1920s," said Executive Director of Memphis Heritage June West.
The plaintiff's have 14 days to file an appeal. If not demolition will continue on this property starting September 20.
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