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Two historic Valdosta homes face demolition

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Two historic homes in Valdosta will be torn down to make way for a parking lot.

This old house on Gordon Street is already being torn down. That's also the fate of these two houses on Oak Street.

They'll be replaced by a 55-space parking lot for the Boys and Girls Club.

The Valdosta Preservation Commission wanted to save the houses and move them.

But there was so much termite damage, they okayed the demolition.

Historic Preservation Planner Emily Foster says Valdosta has lost three percent of its historic homes in the last four years, mainly because owners neglect them.

"We understand in this economic climate we are in that it's hard for people to maintain their houses and do regular repairs that are necessary but it's very important that we keep up these houses so we can share with future generations the history of our city," said Foster.

Twelve hundred historic houses remain in Valdosta's Historic district.


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