19th Century Club Building Gets Another Two Weeks

19th Century Club Building Gets Another Two Weeks

The 19th Century Club building will stand on Union Avenue for at least two more weeks.
MEMPHIS, TN-The 19th Century Club building will stand on Union Avenue for at least two more weeks.  The court battle over its demolition was continued, Wednesday.

Several 19th Century Club members are unhappy with the way the building was sold.  They say they never got the chance to vote on it.

Attorney Webb Brewer says 19th Century Club bylaws required every member to vote and approve the building's sale.

He says that did not happen.

“If that’s true and the bylaws were not followed, then the sale is invalid.  It’s going to be pursued,” said Gordon Alexander with the Midtown Action Coalition.

The building was sold last January. The new owners are from Arkansas and operate several Mid-South Asian restaurants. 

“It was court represented to us they hoped to restore the building not demolish it,” said Webb Brewer. “Recently its come to light they hope to demolish it.

Attorneys were in court, Wednesday to review the demolition plan.

Instead Brewer told Judge Larry Potter members would like to challenge the sale of the building and file a lawsuit in chancery court.

The attorney for the new owners questioned the timing, saying its costing money to delay demolition.

The judge granted a two week reprieve.

The case goes back to environmental court July 24th.

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