Arlington issues permit to raze historic home

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ARLINGTON -- The city issued a demolition permit this month for the dilapidated Eastern Star Home, a historic building on Division Street that preservationists had fought to save.

Providence Bank of Columbia, Mo., has six months from the Feb. 15 permit issuance to tear down the two-story structure, which was built in 1924 and has been vacant for years.

Bank representative Larry McCorkle told the Arlington City Council in October that potential investors would not buy the 28.5-acre property at 1201 E. Division St. without assurances from the city that they can tear down the nearly 90-year-old structure.

McCorkle said Wednesday that the bank has "purchase offers on the table" and that it will tear down the building if the buyers request it.

The Eastern Star Home was named to Preservation Texas' most-endangered properties list in 2006 and was given a high-priority preservation rating in the Arlington Historic Resources Survey Update in 2007.

At the urging of the Landmark Preservation Commission and the Arlington Historical Society, the City Council voted in October to delay issuing a demolition permit for as long as was legally allowed so supporters could have time to find a way to preserve the Eastern Star Home.

That stay ran out Dec. 22.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578

Twitter: @susanschrock

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