What’s in a name? Dust

Even though I wasn’t in Greensboro to witness the event, my Jinni informs me that Chester Brown finally had his short-sighted way with the Arbor House yesterday.  In short order, the bulldozers leveled another one of downtown Greensboro’s oldest and most significant structures.

However, preservationists should take heart.  All is not lost.  With compliments to Brown Investment Properties, brand-spanking-new condominiums will soon rise on the site which will proudly carry the name of Arbor House Condominiums for future generations to enjoy.

That is mainstream Greensboro’s twisted idea of historic preservation in a nutshell.  Pitiful.

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3 Comments

  1. BC
    Posted April 20, 2006 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Pitiful and dispicable. Clearly cash is king to Mr. Brown. I shutter to think what buildings in Downtown Greensboro will be lost with Chester Brown as the President of Downtown Greensboro Inc.

    A dark day for historic preservation in this city.

  2. jim
    Posted April 20, 2006 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    lets not forget about property rights. Mr. Brown had every right to do with that property whatever he chose so long as it complied with zoning etc. If i recall he offered the structure to anyone who wanted it free of charge.

    It is easy for people to sit back and critize others actions and do nothing to make things better. Why did no one step up in recent years to purchase the property? Why did no one formulate a plan to move the structure when Mr. Brown offered? Mr. Brown and his family have done much great work for our city and i wish them much success with this exciting new addition to downtown.

  3. Emma Gray
    Posted April 25, 2006 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    The property was offered free but there is no space (except the old Ireland House lot, another money hunger citizen holding out for cash) available and close enough to afford to move it. The Arbor House could have been used as a club house for the new condos or even moved across the street to another piece of land that Brown Investments owns. The word didn’t get out about the house until late so the few people who did try to save the house where refused because it was too close to his construction deadline.