By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Kerry Brown has lived in the East Main St. triangle building for close to 30 years now, but a move made by the City Commission Monday evening could see his home, and its century of history, bulldozed.
To make way for the new Anna K. Davie School, the city condemned 15 lots in South Rome Monday, seven of which belong to Brown. Among that property, is what he calls the green “triangle” building, which has stood between the East Main and South Broad St. fork for over 100 years. The building opened in 1912 as Howell’s Grocery Store, and it served the community for 41 years before its close. Brown purchased it in 1983, and has since renovated the building to live in.
But, now his historical home is facing demolition, to make room for what he says is a small portion of the new school’s playground. Brown is not against relinquishing the property, but would rather see the century-old building serve the community than be reduced to rubble
“My mom and dad both were school teachers in this town for 40-years each. I offered to donate some of the proceeds from the sale to do the engineering work to save the Triangle building to convert it into the Vivian and W.L. Brown Adult Education Center,” Brown says. “They’re talking about doing adult education in the new Anna K. Davie School. That would give them a separate building, so the adults don’t have to go inside the elementary school with all the kids.”
Brown expressed his frustration at the meeting, claiming the city offered him less money for his property than lots at the end of his block. After the vote to condemn his home, commissioners assured Brown the issue was nowhere near closed.