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TAKE ACTION AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD - Please call Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and register your displeasure with their plans to demolish historic houses on Lockland Avenue. These houses could have a future as affordable housing for work force employees, interns, and residents. Be prepared to leave a voicemail and call - Facilities Management at 336-716-5439 and Public Relations Media at 336-716-4587. Thank you.


Preservation Forsyth Statement Regarding Lockland Avenue Houses in Winston-Salem: 

Preservation Forsyth has become aware that in the Ardmore National Register-listed historic district, ten houses in the 200 and 300 block of Lockland Avenue are threatened with demolition by their owner Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. These buildings have been secured and present no obvious immediate threat. Their removal would be significant erosion of the historic district and residential zoning on that side of the street, across from the hospital's property which is outside of the district.

As in all cases when affordable, historic housing is being removed, Preservation Forsyth encourages finding alternatives to demolition. Preservation Forsyth also offers assistance to find alternatives in order to retain the historic buildings. As noted economist Donovan Rympkema recently presented at the latest Preservation NC conference, modest historic housing built before 1970 is by definition affordable (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAG_wD-kZcw). While the potential future use of the sites has not been presented if the houses are demolished, the continued need for their use as housing in Ardmore is undeniable. In the last four years the Cloverdale apartments in the Ardmore National Register district were demolished for replacement with higher cost housing.

If non-residential uses were proposed for those lots which require rezoning from the current residential uses, that would obviously be resisted by the neighborhood. They do not suffer from obvious neglect and the area has a strong market to rehabilitate existing housing stock. Other communities have worked to maintain existing housing, perhaps best known is Historic Macon Foundation in Macon Georgia, where they worked jointly with Mercer University to rehabilitate existing historic housing stock to help provide housing for its own employees. The annual pressure to find nearby housing for new residents and interns for the hospital should be a clear need that could be met by retaining these homes.

The NC state preservation tax credits for non-income properties would be available to apply toward rehabilitation costs by any purchasers. Or federal and state tax credits for income properties are available, if they were rehabilitated for rental. Preservation easement donations would also be a potential economic benefit to retain the houses.

Preservation Forsyth calls upon Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist to engage in a dialogue with the Ardmore Neighborhood Association, City/County Historic Resource Commission, Preservation Forsyth, and any other interested parties about the future of that historically significant, affordable housing.

The Preservation Action Committee within PF is working with the WS City Council and Ardmore Neighborhood Association; we've contacted the Historic Resources Commission, and we are reaching out to Atrium's Facilities Management to discuss options to save the houses.


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