Young preservationists in Woodbury are battling the proposed demolition of a battered but historic former hotel on the Cooper Street gateway to downtown.
"Woodbury is rapidly losing what makes it a destination, which is historic buildings -- and the vibe they create," says Bryan Bonfiglio, of the Village Green Preservation Society. "The city doesn't need more surface parking lots."
Mayor Bill Volk says the city has worked with groups such as the Woodbury Olde City Restoration Committee to try and save the vacant Green Hotel since last year. But no buyer or other interested party with resources to rehabilitate the deteriorating structure has come forward. And the mayor says he's prepared to approve a demolition application scheduled to come before the city planning and zoning board August 20.
"It's a shame, but we really have no options at this point," Volk says. "It's been deemed an unsafe structure, and there's a risk of someone getting hurt. I understand it's a historic building -- my dad used to bring me [to a store] there. But we've given this all we can."