Pinch Decision Delayed

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The Pinch District won’t be removed from the National Register of Historic Places, not yet anyway.

State officials said the district has lost the historical character that garnered the listing in 1979. Too many of the original buildings there have been demolished, they said.

But the decision to remove the Pinch from the list was delayed earlier this week by the State Review Board of the Tennessee Historical Commission. The board also deferred a vote on the move back in September.

State Senator Lee Harris said he met with members of the commission before the vote this week.

“it was clear to me that they want to hear as much input as possible from preservationists and small business owners, who have waited so long for redevelopment,” Harris said in a statement.

Harris promised a town hall meeting for preservationists, Pinch District business owners and other members of the community. No date has yet been set for the meeting.

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