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Gone in 60 minutes: Landmark building comes down

Sept. 27. An awkward 80-year-old ​building near the corner of North Main and Catawba has been demolished to make way for a mixed-use project that will likely include a restaurant. The property, which was once a pawn shop and the home of the Blumengarten florist shop, was purchased by Legacy Pointe Properties for $447,500 in April.

The building was torn down Sunday morning; a few minutes after the last brick fell, church bells uncharacteristically chimed during the middle of 8:30 am services. Many years ago it was the headquarters of locally based Bank of Cornelius. Right next door was Cornelius Savings & Loan Association, making the corner of Catawba and Main the financial capital of Cornelius.

Blumengarten has moved to Hyde Park Storage Suites on Bailey Road..

Legacy Pointe owners, who are known for high-quality commercial projects, could not be reached for comment. But sources said the town will work a land swap with Legacy to include a parking deck in the project which is adjacent to the Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza.

A parking deck is considered crucial to the new Arts Center which will be built just around the corner to the west of the Police Department.

Legacy Pointe’s project will represent millions of dollars of new investment in a quickly revitalizing downtown.

The Legacy Pointe property and building downtown are currently assessed at $225,700, according to Mecklenburg County tax records.


3 Responses to “Gone in 60 minutes: Landmark building comes down”

  1. If this was a Landmark Building (e.g., of historic significance), why couldn’t the Town of Cornelius have required to incorporate the facade of the building into the new owners planned structure? That’s how the history of a place is preserved.

    Posted by Gary Knight | September 28, 2017, 11:26 am
  2. It’s not uncharacteristic for those church bells to ring at that time. They ring every Sunday at the start of Mt. Zion’s 8:30 worship service.

    Posted by Stephanie Sossamon | September 28, 2017, 11:49 am
    • The article is correct. The bells at Mt. Zion rang at 9 am due to a malfunction. They had “NEVER done that before…but they picked that time,” a long-time church leader told us, explaining it might have been former employees of the Bank of Cornelius who “did it from heaven to honor the old Bank of Cornelius!”

      Posted by Newsroom | September 28, 2017, 3:11 pm

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