Liberty Bank Landmark Status Voted Down

On March 19, citing the 1968-built structure’s lack of architectural significance, the City’s Landmarks Preservation Board voted 6-5 Wednesday night not to grant "landmark" status to a Central Area building that once housed what applicants, on behalf of Africatown, said should be preserved as it was the region’s first Black-owned bank, formerly the Liberty Bank, (and most recently the Key Bank building). The potential purchaser of the site, Capitol Hill Housing, told the Landmarks Board that preserving the building would prevent CHH from developing the site as a building with affordable housing for families. CHH is working with several community organizations so that the legacy of Liberty Bank is honored if it develops the site.

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